Porter family donate £130,000 to benefit patients with epilepsy
The Porter family has donated a generous bequest of £130,000 to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital charity. The money was raised over 26 years by Broadland builder Malcolm Porter, who died aged 74. Mr Porter spent many years raising the money through carnivals, bucket collections, shows and fun events in the Acle area.
His daughter Julie Porter said: “My father was passionate about helping others and wanted the money to go to local services.”
Dr Jeff Cochius, Consultant Neurologist at NNUH said: ” We would like to recognise the inspirational efforts of Mr Porter in launching the Norfolk Clinic Epilepsy Appeal and the tremendous work involved in raising this money. Mr Porter, members of his family and many others contributed to the success of this Appeal and I would like to thank them most sincerely for their hard work. The Norfolk and Norwich University Epilepsy Service is delighted to accept this generous donation which will be used to improve local epilepsy services in a number of ways including the purchase of new video-EEG telemetry equipment, promoting and supporting educational activities for patients and their carers, and enhancing the quality of epilepsy specialist nursing by supporting their continuing professional development.”
The funds were formally handed over at an event held at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 29th October, attended by 60 people, where Dr Cochius gave a talk on the disorder, how it is treated, the work at the NNUH and the future for those with this condition.