Income at epilepsy charity returns to previous levels after bumper land sale

Total income at the Epilepsy Society has returned to previous levels after being significantly boosted by a land sale in the previous year.

The charity’s latest accounts for the year to the end of March 2020 show a total income of £17.1m, down from £28m in the previous 12 months.

But it made a profit on the sale of fixed assets amounting to £10.1m in 2018/19, after it sold a plot of land to a developer.

The latest accounts show the charity’s total income has fallen back in line with that of 2017/18, when it was £17.2m.

Income from donations, legacies and trading activities for 2019/20 remained in line with 2018/19.

Spending increased from £17.8 to £19.2m, leaving the charity with a deficit of about £2m.

This including a rise in spending on care, research and medical activities compared with the previous year.

The average number of people employed throughout the year fell from 307 to 280.

But spending on wages, salaries and other employee costs increased by £400,000 to more than £9.5m.

In her foreword to the accounts, chief executive Clare Pelham said: “When the metaphorical asteroid hit, the impact of the virus seems enormous for us as a charity.”

She said that although “we are not out the woods yet” when it came to dealing with the pandemic, the charity’s supporters would help push it forward.

“We know there are challenges ahead, lessons to learn and ways for us to improve and grow,” Pelham said.

“But our inspiration is the resilience and fortitude of those we support and those who support us.”

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