Share

Broken cloud

Tue

20°C | 13°C

Mostly Cloudy

Wed

20°C | 11°C

Clear spells

Thu

20°C | 10°C

Home   Thanet   News   Article

Staff at Broadstairs High Street solicitors Barnes Marsland wore pyjamas and nighties to work for charity Narcolepsy UK.

14 March 2014
by Mary Louis
 The team at Barnes Marsland Solicitors in Broadstairs High Street, who swapped suits for pyjamas, nighties and onesies for a day in aid of Narcolepsy UK.

The team at Barnes Marsland Solicitors in Broadstairs High Street, who swapped suits for pyjamas, nighties and onesies for a day in aid of Narcolepsy UK.

Staff at Barnes Marsland in the High Street were on mission on Friday. The 21-strong team, headed by senior partner Colin Chapman in his Superman onesie, wanted to raise funds and awareness for little-known charity Narcolepsy UK.

Callers and clients were amused and interested to find the team had swapped suits and formal wear for a more relaxed look.

They made donations, helping to raise £76.02, and went away to spread the word about a serious and debilitating, but rare illness.

Narcolepsy is a chronic condition where the brain is unable to properly control sleep/wakefulness. Those affected fall asleep at any time without control and feel constantly tired.

Barnes Marsland partner Jane Mackenzie knows from her sister-in-law Cattrina Wigley, a sufferer, that this is a serious, distressing and disruptive condition. One of the biggest problems is that people do not understand it.

Colin Chapman, senior partner at Barnes Marsland Solicitors in Broadstairs High Street, and practice partner Jane Mackenzie, at work in their alternative attire for a day of fund and awareness raising for charity Narcolepsy UK. assisted by office dog George.

Colin Chapman, senior partner at Barnes Marsland Solicitors in Broadstairs High Street, and practice partner Jane Mackenzie, at work in their alternative attire for a day of fund and awareness raising for charity Narcolepsy UK. assisted by office dog George.

Jane rallied her colleagues who made and collected donations for their attire, from clients and visitors throughout the day.

Cattrina, who is in her early 30s, was diagnosed two years ago – some two years after she first noticed symptoms, a relatively quick diagnosis.

She said: “I am considered lucky, average diagnosis time is five to 15 years.”

For a time, Cattrina had to give up driving. Being able to hold her young baby when alone was not so simple, and narcolepsy has also had an impact on her working life. She said: “I’ve gone from being confident, independent and outgoing to feeling almost reclusive at times. I have good and bad days with my condition. I feel guilty about having this condition, I constantly feel apologetic for how I feel.”

An estimated 25,000 people in the UK are thought to suffer from the disease and there is no known cure.

To find out more visit www.narcolepsy.org.uk

Click here for more news from Thanet.

Click here for more news from around the county.

Comments 

Forgotten Password?

Forgotten Username?

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments.
Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.