More than 100 people travelled to Liverpool for the second My Brain: My Story on Saturday, October 19.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, this is an event where supporters can listen to the stories of members of the Encephalitis Society as well as meet one another and hopefully build some lasting friendships.

This year’s speakers at the Liverpool Medical Institute included Dr Ava Easton, ambassador Tonia Buxton and author and actor, Kika Markham, as well as members Graham Niven, Hannah Joels and Mallory Mastrogiovanni who was speaking via video link from her home in the USA.

My Brain: My Story 2019

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Phillippa Chapman, Director of Services, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many members to Liverpool, many of whom were attending one of our events for the first time.

“This is a day which brings together people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis and can be a really comforting experience for attendees who are in a room with others that understand what they are going through.

“Many thanks must go to the National Lottery Community Fund for their support of My Brain: My Story and recognising the importance that shared experiences can have in bringing people together.”

Liverpool is the second city to host the event, following Edinburgh in 2018. Next year’s event will be held in Birmingham and will run alongside other events in additional locations which are currently being organised.