Ballymena mum hosts disco for epilepsy charity

A Ballymena woman, whose son has epilepsy, has organised a disco event for charity.

Sarah Brolly is hosting the fundraiser on Saturday, October 20, at the Bridge Bar, Dunloy.

She will be raising vital funds for UK-wide charity Epilepsy Action, a charity which provides advice and support to the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.

Sarah is organising the event because her son Declan, 13, has recently been diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy; a type which only affects around three per cent of people with epilepsy.

Sarah, 41, said: “My son Declan has just recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and he is photosensitive which is very rare. I would like to use this event to raise awareness of this kind of epilepsy as it limits many of the things Declan can do.

“I hope the event raises money for Epilepsy Action and shows people how much epilepsy can affect people lives.”

The event takes place from 9pm on Saturday, October 20, at the Bridge Bar, Dunloy. Admission is £5, which people can pay at door, and there will be a raffle with a variety of prizes. All proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action and the money raised will help to support the charity’s work all over the UK.

Epilepsy Action campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of epilepsy. It also provides a national network of support groups, funds a specialist nurse scheme, holds regular regional conferences and has a freephone and email helpline.

Epilepsy affects one in every 103 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Last year Epilepsy Action directly helped 1.1 million people through its range of services.

For more information about epilepsy and Epilepsy Action, visit