Manchester Easter bunnies encouraged to ‘hop’ into Heaton Park for epilepsy charity

A host of Easter bunnies are set to take over Heaton Park this Easter weekend for the first ever Epilepsy Action Easter Bunny Hop. The 5k family fun run will raise funds to help support people affected by epilepsy all over the UK. Around 26,000 people are living with the condition in Manchester.
The event, on Saturday 19 April, will take hundreds of ‘Easter bunnies’ around a 5k, flat route in Heaton Park, Manchester. The run is open to anyone aged eight and up and runners will be encouraged to don bunny ears to take part. There will also be an egg hunt for young children and their families.

Josie Fowler, community fundraising officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “The Epilepsy Action Easter Bunny Hop will be a fantastic family fun run. Runners can enjoy the route through the scenic parkland of Heaton Park, while any little bunnies in the family can enjoy an Easter egg hunt. It’s a great day out for everyone.

“The money raised at this event will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by epilepsy. Just £6 could help our experts support someone newly diagnosed with epilepsy, providing advice and information when they need it most.

“Anyone who finishes the course will be presented with an Easter treat so get ready to wiggle your bunny ears, shake your tail and join us on Easter Saturday.”

Registration on the day of the event starts at 9.00am on Saturday 19 April in Heaton Park. Entry costs £10 for all entrants. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The family egg hunt costs £3 for each child. Bunny ears will be available to purchase on the day.

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Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that anyone can develop, at any time in their life. Every day, 87 people are newly diagnosed and today in the UK, over 600,000 people have epilepsy. One in ten of them is a child.

Epilepsy Action is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation. It exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. Last year the charity directly helped around one million people.

For more information about epilepsy and the work of Epilepsy Action, visit


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