A DORCHESTER volunteer has been recognised for his efforts by a national epilepsy charity.

Alec Hodgson, 31, suffers from the condition but his support for others locally and fundraising efforts have seen him receive a volunteer of the year award from Epilepsy Action.

He travelled to Leeds to receive his award at a special ceremony.

Alec, who suffered from epilepsy since birth, was shy and reserved when he first joined Epilepsy Action’s Dorchester and Weymouth branch but gradually became more involved with the branch and events throughout Dorset.

His fundraising efforts have seen him organise a ghost walk, bowls day and an auction at Poundbury Gardens that raised over £3,000.

Alec also travelled to Newquay to support the charity’s Epilepsy on the Beach event and, despite suffering from a series of seizures during the weekend, managed to engage with and help dozens of young people.

He is now launching his own support group for young people in Dorset.

Receiving the award, Alec said: “I am thrilled to accept this award from Epilepsy Action.

“Knowing my volunteering has played a part in improving the lives of other young people affected by epilepsy in Dorset and the south west is really rewarding.”

Chief executive of Epilepsy Action Philip Lee said: “Alec has shown great passion and creativity in the ways in which he has promoted public information and awareness of epilepsy and we are delighted to present him with this award.”

Mr Lee said: “Our volunteers make a fantastic contribution to our work supporting the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.

“The winners of this year’s awards, through their personal efforts and achievements, reflect the qualities of great volunteers. They are selfless, committed, full of energy and have a passion for improving the lives of those affected by epilepsy.”

For more information about Epilepsy Action visit www.epilepsy. org.uk/volunteer or call 0113 210 8800.