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Nisa staff donate to epilepsy charity

Published on 03 February 2016

Members of Nisa Retail’s head office supported an epilepsy charity this month with a substantial donation of £5,000. The donation was made to SUDEP Action through Making a Difference Locally from a number of staff donations.

SUDEP Action is a registered charity which aims to raise awareness of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and focuses on providing support to bereaved families, providing information on SUDEP and sponsoring research and education to prevent future deaths as a result of the condition. The charity also runs the Epilepsy Deaths Register which enables them to collect and analyse data to highlight any recurring themes which can be used to prevent future SUDEP-related deaths.

Former Nisa employee Taryn Slade and her mum Toni visited Nisa’s Member Support Centre to receive the cheque on behalf of SUDEP Action. Sadly, Taryn’s twin brother Nathan passed away suddenly in August 2015 as a result of SUDEP, aged just 26. With no prior awareness of SUDEP, Nathan’s family were understandably left shocked and confused, and sought support from SUDEP Action in their time of need. Taryn and Toni are now involved with fundraising and raising awareness for SUDEP Action in Nathan’s memory, with over £5,500 raised for the charity to date and a number of fundraising projects in the pipeline.

Taryn commented: “Thank you is not enough for this amazing donation, we are completely gobsmacked and overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who donated. Nathan would have been so proud of everything that we’ve done and he would have hugged everyone who helped to make this possible!”

Making a Difference Locally raises funds in Nisa member stores through the sale of items from Nisa’s own-label Heritage range and a number of branded products. In addition to the local donations made by Nisa member stores, every year Nisa employees at the Scunthorpe head office make staff donations to a wide variety of causes through Making a Difference Locally, such as sports clubs, schools and charities.

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