Dravet Syndrome UK has won this season’s first Chelsea Foundation online charity poll, and will be holding bucket collections at Stamford Bridge before the game against Manchester City.
There are four matchdays available for bucket collects, so the charities have been broken down into different categories: children’s, medical, armed forces and community charities.
Thousands of you took part in the first poll, the children’s category, via this website, with Dravet Syndrome, who are dedicated to improving the lives of those effected by epilepsy, coming out on top.
Dravet Syndrome is a rare and severely disabling type of epilepsy, with latest research showing it affects approximately one in 19,000 people.
Epilepsy is just one part of Dravet Syndrome – there are various other health conditions and symptoms, which are often found in children with the condition. From the second year onwards a child’s development can slow down or regresses, sometimes severely.
Those living with Dravet Syndrome are particularly prone to status epilepticus, therefore swift medical intervention is essential to stop the seizure as soon as possible to reduce the risk of damage to the brain or breathing problems caused by a long seizure.
Founded in October 2008, the charity helps families affected by Dravet Syndrome through appropriate support, education and medical research.
Charity chairman at Dravet Syndrome UK, Galia Wilson, whose son is living with Dravet Syndrome, said: ‘Everybody involved with Dravet Syndrome UK was absolutely thrilled to win the Chelsea Foundation fans poll.
‘As a small charity we often lose out to large organisations but this means so much to our community.
‘Living with this devastating and catastrophic form of Epilepsy affects every hour of every day for the families we support.
‘Our charity provides monitoring equipment for peace of mind, grants to help families when in need and we also take families to Center Parcs each year so they know they are never alone.
‘We would like to thank all the fans and Chelsea Football Club for helping us to raise awareness and funds.
‘Your support will make a massive impact!’