THE father of a boy with epilepsy has set out ambitious plans to raise £100,000 for charity.

Simon Batchelor, 36, has been inspired to raise awareness and funds for research by his 11-year-old son George who has epilepsy and global developmental delay which has affected his ability to talk and the speed he learned to walk.

Simon has created a music video which explains the impact epilepsy has on lives and hopes viewers will donate to his fundraising for Epilepsy Research UK as simply not enough is known about epilepsy as a whole.

Simon, from Green Hammerton, said: “Our George is one of the one in 103 people in the UK with epilepsy. His epilepsy, like many others, is ‘intractable’ which means it cannot be entirely controlled by any treatments currently available. It has had a devastating affect on his mental ability and continues to impact on his quality of life and that of our family.

“I have created a music video which explains how epilepsy can affect people’s lives.

“With 65 million people worldwide affected, and there being over 40 types of epilepsy, this gives only a glimpse of how it affects people’s lives daily. I intend to circulate this as widely as possible to raise awareness of what is in fact a very common condition. In so doing I hope more funds will be directed towards epilepsy research.”

Simon hopes to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK as he said their work has been groundbreaking.

Meanwhile, Simon has also started a Facebook page called Epilepsy Hand Challenge which aims to reduce the stigma associated with epilepsy.

- To watch Simon’s video, visit

- To donate to the cause visit or text EPUK99 £(amount) to 70070