A Neston woman has been awarded a volunteer of the year honour by national charity Epilepsy Action.

Linda Mayhew, a member of the Epilepsy Action Research Volunteer Network, was presented with an award for research into epilepsy at an awards ceremony in Leeds.

She regularly reviews journal articles for the epilepsy journal Seizure , to make sure they are easy to understand for people with epilepsy.

Linda was honoured for her eager responses to any request to get involved and her strong understanding of the impact of research on people with epilepsy.

Linda cares full-time for her daughter Sally, aged 18, who was diagnosed with epilepsy seven years ago.

They have tried a number of epilepsy medicines, as well as other treatments such as the ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation (a form of treatment that involves surgery).

These have met with varying degrees of success and Sally continues to have seizures.

Accepting the award, Linda said: “I am thrilled to receive this award. Knowing that my volunteering is playing a part in helping people with epilepsy all over the UK is very rewarding.”

Philip Lee, chief executive at Epilepsy Action, presented the award.

He said: “Research is a new category of award introduced this year. It reflects the importance of this area of work to this organisation and the people with epilepsy that we work so hard to support.

“Linda, herself living with the immense challenges of caring for a loved one with epilepsy, demonstrates the quiet, often unsung, and yet vital contribution of our volunteers.

“We achieve what we do because of the support of our fantastic volunteers.

“Those here today have played a very special role in helping us to improve the lives of the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.”

A total of 16 awards were presented across nine categories, all aimed at recognise the outstanding support given to the charity by its volunteers nationwide.

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