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127 walking challenge for Devizes duo

April 17 2018

A daring duo from Devizes NHS Treatment Centre are set to take on a 127-mile walking challenge to raise funds and awareness for people living with epilepsy.

Cara Pearl, an operating department practitioner at the centre, was diagnosed with the condition in her mid-30s. It took a toll on her life, which is why she and a colleague from the centre in Marshall Road are taking on the seven-day trek starting from Avebury on Sunday 29 April.

She explained: “I had no indications that I had epilepsy until the seizures began. They continued for two years until my treatment stabilised my condition. For two years I was unable to drive or to do my work assisting in operating theatres. I was fortunate that the NHS were able to move me into an office management position until I could return to theatre, but not everyone is that fortunate.”

Cara will be walking to raise money for the Epilepsy Society with the centre’s patient administrator, Helen Blumsom who also lives in Devizes. Cara said: “We have received so much support from our colleagues, not just in sponsorship but they have also joined us on training walks, including one from Avebury to Stonehenge. It has been a real team building exercise.”

The two will finish their epic trek celebrating with friends and colleagues on the beach at Lyme Regis. To sponsor Cara and Helen visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cara-pearl

To learn more about epilepsy visit the Epilepsy Society