Our patron Matt Crooks on living with epilepsy

In 2021 we welcomed professional football player Matt Crooks as our patron.

We first met Matt in September 2021 where he shared with us his journey as someone living with epilepsy and we were able to share with him about Peter and the Peter Doody Foundation.

Football player Matt Crooks with Joanne and Andrew, Peter's parents

Then in October we had a whirlwind of a day meeting with Matt again at Middlesbrough football club training ground for lots of media coverage and to present Matt with his very own Peter Doody Foundation logo sports jacket.

We are beyond thrilled to have Matt on board as an ambassador reiterating our message in normalising epilepsy.

Please take a look at the links below to find out more about Matt and the foundation.

Middlesbrough footballer Matt Crooks shares his experience of living with epilepsy (itv.com)

Boro midfielder Matt Crooks spoke to Mark Drury about epilepsy and the season so far (bbc.com)

Matt Crooks on living with epilepsy, being unconscious for two hours and he wants to try to help save lives (thenorthernecho.co.uk)

Middlesbrough star Matt Crooks on life as a footballer with epilepsy (gazettelive.co.uk)

CROOK’S DREAM Matt Crooks dreams of becoming second epileptic player ever in Premier League but insists ‘I don’t let it define me’ (thesun.co.uk)

Epilepsy Facts & Figures

. There are 3 epilepsy deaths each day in the UK (approximately 1200 each year)

. Epilepsy is in the TOP 10 causes of death in the young (under 35)

. Half of all epilepsy deaths are SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy)

. Sudden death is 24 times more likely in people with epilepsy

. Under 20% of clinicians openly discuss SUDEP & epilepsy risks with patients

. 42% of epilepsy deaths are potentially avoidable

(copyright SUDEP Action 2019)