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Whitstable nurse jumps out of plane for epilepsy charity

By Whitstable Times  |  Posted: June 28, 2013

By Emma Cooney

  • LANDED: Diana Roberts after completing a sky dive for Young Epilepsy

  • Terra firma: : Diana Roberts after her freefall drop out of a plane

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A WHITSTABLE nurse has jumped out of a plane for charity.

Diana Roberts sky-dived from 12,000ft this month to raise awareness for Young Epilepsy, a national charity dedicated to children and young people aged 25 and under living with the condition.

The 52-year-old, who raised £500, is no stranger to hair-raising experiences.

She has done white water rafting and bungee jumping as well as dozens of sponsored walks and cycle rides.

"I had never done a sky dive before but I would definitely do it again," she said.

"Epilepsy is unpredictable and it can be scary. It's still stigmatised and a bit of a taboo subject.

"People can find it difficult to explain the seizures. It can affect your school work and socialising. Teenagers can find it particularly difficult to deal with."

Young Epilepsy's work includes providing information and training and supporting families whose children have been diagnosed children.

"Young Epilepsy is not only supporting me but supporting families and I wanted to give something back," said Ms Roberts.

Ms Roberts is a children's specialist epilepsy nurse for Kent Community Health Care Trust and covers the entire county from Dartford to Dungeness. She said that one in every 103 young people have epilepsy and there are thousands of children living with the condition.

High-profile people with epilepsy include Thanet MP Laura Sandys and Olympic hurdler Dai Greene.

If you would like to take part in a fundraising challenge for Young Epilepsy, call 01342 831245 or e-mail fundraising@youngepilepsy.org.uk

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