Welwyn Garden City woman raises �1,400 plinth cash

A PASSIONATE epilepsy campaigner raised an “overwhelming” �1,400 for charity after taking part in Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth experiment.

Welwyn Hatfield Council worker Jean Paul spent an hour on the vacant plinth back in August, to raise awareness of the work of the National Society for Epilepsy (NSE).

And after pestering family, friends and work colleagues for sponsorship, she will now be handing over a cheque for �1,400 to the charity.

Jean, of Wellington Drive, WGC, described the amount of money she had collected as “overwhelming”.

The 52-year-old was moved to take part in the experiment after the NSE helped her epileptic son David secure funding to pay for the supported living care he needs.

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As for her time on the plinth – part of an experiment conceived by British artist Anthony Gormley – she said: “It was a different experience but very enjoyable.

“While I was on the plinth, there were about 30 people from the NSE plus family and friends in the square in their bright orange T-shirts making people aware of epilepsy issues.”

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