The BBC Radio 4 Appeal: Nick and Rachel Christian step into the BBC limelight
What is the BBC radio 4 charity appeal?
The radio 4 appeal is a weekly 3 minute programme highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. The appeal aims to provide an opportunity for raising money and awareness to a variety of charities. The appeal is a fantastic way for a charity to engage with the BBC’s audience.
The presenters give their time without payment and feature a new charity every week. Each appeal then runs on radio 4 from Sunday 0754 for 7 days.
There are 49 such appeals broadcast on Radio 4 each year, and in 2016/17 they raised over £898,827 in total.
Who is presenting our appeal?
Long-standing supporter Nick Christian, and his teenage daughter Rachel will be presenting our BBC radio 4 charity appeal on Sunday 25th March at 07.54 and 21.26 and again on Thursday 29th at 15.27 when they will be appealing for donations to help us continue with our vital work. Rachel and Nick will be talking about the impact of surgery on Rachel’s epilepsy and explaining how advances in imaging and surgical techniques enabled Rachel to undergo the ground-breaking surgery.
Rachel was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 3 and put on medication which caused unpleasant side effects and didn’t stop her seizures. However, at the age of 7 she underwent pioneering brain surgery. The operation transformed her life.
As Rachel herself says: “When I woke up after the operation, I felt like a new person once the headache disappeared! Before, I had struggled at school. I was quiet and lethargic and needed constant help and support. I was always trying to catch up but now I am doing really well. I’ve come off all medication and I haven’t had a seizure since the operation.” You can read Rachel’s full story here:
Rachel’s surgery was only possible because of research partly funded by Epilepsy Research UK which has led to advances in neuro-imaging and surgical techniques. But not everyone with epilepsy is as lucky as Rachel, and not everyone is suitable for surgery. So please listen in to the appeal and donate whatever you can to Epilepsy Research UK so that we can fund more research that will help people affected by this condition.
Why is epilepsy research so important?
Martin Kemp, of Spandau Ballet, and latterly of EastEnders fame, fronted our appeal in 2014 and has this to say about why he supports ERUK and the importance of continuing research into epilepsy:
Martin’s epilepsy developed as a result of a brain tumour for which he underwent brain surgery in 1995. The brain tumour was removed but Martin was left with epilepsy that is thankfully controlled with medication. But others are not so lucky as approximately 30-40% of people diagnosed with epilepsy will not be able to achieve seizure freedom with medication. This is why research is so important.
So please, if you would like to see everyone with epilepsy living life to the full, without experiencing seizures, help us to fund more research. You can donate here.