Can you help trace old family friend?

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I understand she lives in the Bo’ness area but, unfortunately, I do not know her married name – her maiden name is Margaret Hume.

She lived with her mum and dad, Davey and Jean Hume, at 30 Lady Nairne Crescent, Meadowfield, Edinburgh.

She had an older brother, David, and two younger sisters, Jeanette and Sheila. I lost touch with Margaret nearly 40 years ago. Now, being a widow and getting older, I would dearly love to make contact again.

If anyone has information on Margaret they can contact me on 01875 820731 or email janepearson44@aol.co.uk – Yours etc.,

Jane Foggo,

by email

Sir, — National Epilepsy Week is coming up, May 18-24, and, here at Epilepsy Action, we are raising as much awareness as possible about the condition. Part of this involves celebrating educational establishments which are providing a supportive learning environment to pupils or students with epilepsy. We, therefore, would like to ask readers to nominate a local school for an Edward Education Award, organised by Epilepsy Action.

We are encouraging local residents and parents, as well as nurseries, schools, colleges and universities from across Scotland, to get involved and show their outstanding support for students with epilepsy. Anyone can nominate a school or educational setting to win an Edward by downloading a form from our website. https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/campaigns/education/professionals/edwards-awards

Previous winners have trained members of staff in epilepsy awareness, held assemblies to tackle myths and put a buddy system in place to support pupils with epilepsy. Epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 children and young people aged under 18 in the UK Past research has suggested that up to half of children with epilepsy underachieve academically in relation to their intellectual ability.

The closing date for entries is Friday, April 5. Award winners will be notified by May 2 and the award presented during National Epilepsy Week. For more information visit epilepsy.org.uk/edwards or call 0113 210 880. – Yours etc.,

Nicole Crosby McKenna,

Acting campaigns manager,

Epilepsy Action

Sir, — The government has commissioned a survey to help understand patient and carer experience of epilepsy alarms as it considers future funding decisions. In our experience, these alarms can make an incredible difference to people’s lives and we are actively encouraging Scotland’s 7,000 families with children affected by epilepsy to get involved. Caring for a child with complex epilepsy is challenging, requiring 24 hour care, and these alarms give a degree of peace of mind for parents. They are potentially life-saving as there is a risk of death in seizures, particularly whilst sleeping (SUDEP).

Without the alarms, parents would often stay awake, take sleep shifts or sleep alongside their child, leading to massive sleep deprivation. The alarms, therefore, offer protection to the child and improve quality of life for the whole family.

Despite the benefit to families struggling to cope with the debilitating condition, the NHS does not currently fund the devices. Nor do we, at the Muir Maxwell Trust, receive government funding – relying instead on the generosity of others to continue our work. These alarms are always in demand. To date, we have distributed more than 3,000 and have a permanent waiting list of around 300 families. This survey is a unique opportunity to help secure much-needed public funding for these life-saving alarms.

The questionnaire is live on the National Neurological Advisory Group (NNAG) website and can be accessed via http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/nnagcommunity/what-we-do/condition-specific/epilepsy/epilepsy-alarms.aspx – Yours etc.,

Ann Maxwell,

Founder,

Muir Maxwell Trust

Sir, — Runners from around the country are on their marks for Deafblind Scotland’s popular Canal Run.

The 10k race and 5k fun run, which this year take place on Saturday, April 12, are now regular fixtures in Scotland’s running calendar.

Flanking the Forth and Clyde Canal for most of the routes, the event offers runners unique scenery, a mainly flat course and the choice of two distances. Runners can pre-register before April 9 at www.deafblindscoland.org.uk or by calling call 0141 777 5823. – Yours etc.,

Andrew Gibson,

Fundraising/marketing officer,

Deaflblind Scotland

Sir, — I am trying to find my old friend who lived next door to the Foggo family in Edinburgh.