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British actress Emma Thompson has been named patron of the Daisy Garland Foundation.

“The Daisy Garland Foundation is an extremely worthwhile cause,” said Thompson. “This family-run, registered charity works tirelessly to raise funds for children with epilepsy. They put their efforts to the best use by funding specialist dieticians to work within the National Health System, giving children with difficult to control epilepsy a chance to reach their full potential in life.”

The charity was set up by Sara and David Garland, whose daughter – Daisy – died from Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2004, just 3 days after her sixth birthday. The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children who suffer from difficult to control epilepsy accompanied by developmental delay. They do this by raising awareness of epilepsy and the issues faced by families, offering support to children and families, and providing any equipment needed by families affected by epilepsy.

“I’m delighted to be associated with this charity,” said Thompson. “[I] give them my full and heartfelt support.”

More information about the charity can be found at their website.

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