A Paralympic hopeful from Wiltshire has spoken out about his struggle with epilepsy in a new BBC film.

Judo fighter Evan Molloy, 25, who lives in Devizes, was first diagnosed with epilepsy and a visual impairment at the age of four.

As he entered his teenage years, Evans's condition worsened and he says the impacts of his diagnosis had a knock-on effect on his mental health.

But determined to not let his condition hold him back, Evan has now competed in international Judo competitions representing Team GB and has his eyes set on a top prize at the next Paralympics.

Evan Molloy from Devizes has competed internationally representing Team GB.Evan Molloy from Devizes has competed internationally representing Team GB. (Image: Newsquest)

Speaking to the BBC for their latest BBC Lifeline Appeal film, Evan has credited much of his ability to turn his life around to the Epilepsy Society.

“After going to the Epilepsy Society, amazing things started to happen," said the Devizes man.

"I made changes to my medication and to my lifestyle that meant my life started to work for me.

"Now I just want to get to the Paralympics and get on that podium.”

Evan was first referred to the Epilepsy Society's medical centre in Chalfont St Peter in 2019, where consultants were able to pinpoint the exact part of his brain that was causing seizures.

This breakthrough meant that they were able to prescribe the right type of balance and medication to bring the condition under control, and Evan has now been seizure-free for nearly five years.

The Epilepsy Society’s BBC Lifeline Appeal film which Evan features in is set to be screened at 2.05pm on Sunday, June 30 on BBC One, with a follow-up airing at 8.50am on BBC Two on Friday, July 5.

It will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer or at BBC One - Lifeline, Epilepsy Society from the launch date up to Sunday, 21 July.

“We are so grateful to Evan for sharing his experiences and encouraging viewers to support our vital work," said Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society.

"His success story really highlights why we try so hard to find new and better ways to support people with epilepsy. Everyone deserves the chance to live their best life and people with epilepsy need all the help we can give them.

“We’re really pleased that our important work is being showcased by the BBC, and hope that many people will watch the film, donate and help save lives.”