FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Angela Lascelles

Angela Lascelles is an investment manager. She supports the National Society for Epilepsy and recently donated £100,000 which is she trying to match with other donations.

How did you get involved with the National Society for Epilepsy? When my daughter was young she had a sustained epileptic seizure. I wanted to know more about epilepsy and during my research I found the society.

I have been giving an annual gift since then. Three years ago, my daughter spent three days at the society's assessment centre and I began supporting the charity more substantially.

Why did you decide to make your donation?

Recently I sold part of Olim, the business that I jointly started, and decided that I wanted to make three substantial gifts from the proceeds.

I was extremely impressed with the National Society for Epilepsy and felt that it would use the money well. There is no cure for epilepsy and no-one knows why it happens. The society has a grant for research but this is conditional on it buying an MRI scanner worth £1.5 million.

How are you planning to raise a further £100,000? Many people are very generously inclined but don't know where to give. I am sending letters to people who I think will be sympathetic. I have contacted about 25 people since November and they have been very generous. Responses have varied between £100 and £10,000.

Do you support any other causes? I support charities locally, including Macmillan Nurses.

I am also researching the possibility of making a larger donation for Africa with the proceeds from Olim.

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