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Funeral director partners with Young Epilepsy charity

CPJ Field Ballard & Shortall in Lingfield, has been offering its support to the Young Epilepsy charity. The long-established funeral directors is supporting St Piers School, based in Lingfield.

Operated by the Young Epilepsy charity, the school works with young people with epilepsy and associated conditions. It provides them with the opportunity to learn new skills, grow in confidence and make new friends.

CPJ Field Company, Ballard & Shortall is raised awareness of fundraising events by creating a vibrant window display. It also held an event at its funeral home on September 2. Members of the local community were welcomed to meet with staff and students from the school, to discuss and experience first-hand, the work that they do. Guests enjoyed light refreshments and a raffle, with an array of locally sourced prizes.


In August, Karen Everest-Dowden, funeral director at Ballard & Shortall, kicked off the fundraising efforts by taking part in the Gauntlet Games. Karen completed the fun obstacle course, raising over £200 for the cause, and gave the donation with Carol Hunt, regional fundraiser at Young Epilepsy, during the launch event.

Karen and the team at Ballard & Shortall, Lingfield, will continue to support the charity into its 120th year in 2017 with a series of fundraising initiatives. The monies raised will help Young Epilepsy continue its vital work, enabling more young people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions to fulfil their potential.

Karen commented: “We are excited to collaborate with this local charity that has been in our community for 120 years. Our launch event was a success and it was great to give the first of many donations with the Young Epilepsy team.

“The work that St Piers School carries out is fantastic and really helps to improve their quality of life. We’re looking forward to taking part in a range of charity events over the next 12 months to support its fundraising efforts.”

Carol Hunt, regional fundraiser at Young Epilepsy, said: “Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder in childhood, affecting around one child in every primary school and five in every secondary school.

“Here at Young Epilepsy, the special school, college, our medical centre and residential homes, provide 24-hour care for our young people who are unable to attend mainstream school or live at home with their families. We are the only place in the UK that specialises in helping young people with epilepsy.”

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