It's been 16 years since S Club Juniors star Stacey McClean propelled into the limelight with her former bandmates. Now, aged 28, the singer has completely transformed as she teams up with a charity campaign. Stacey has become an ambassador for Epilepsy Action after her mum Leanne suffered an unexpected seizure at work. "My mum’s epilepsy has opened up a whole new world I never knew existed," she explains. "I find it quite shocking that 87 people are diagnosed every single day, and yet there is still so much misunderstanding about epilepsy."
S Club Juniors' Stacey McClean has become an ambassador for Epilepsy Action
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Stacey found fame when she was 12 in S Club 7's young spin-off S Club Juniors in 2002. She later auditioned for the X Factor in 2009 before being eliminated before the live shows, and can now be found touring in stage productions. Stacey is also focused on raising awareness for those suffering from epilepsy. "It's an invisible condition which affects people's lives in so many ways, from their home and work life to everyday social situations," she added. "I want to help people understand that epilepsy is nothing to be ashamed about, it’s a way of life that is just a bit different. If I can help other people understand more about epilepsy so people with the condition can live the life they deserve, I'll be happy."
It's been 16 years since S Club Juniors' Stacey McClean propelled into the limelight
Around 600,000 people have epilepsy in the UK. Stacey continued: "Before my mum’s diagnosis, I probably knew next to nothing about epilepsy. Epilepsy Action does such a fantastic job in helping people with expert advice, information and support when they need it most. I have met some amazing people, heard amazing stories of bravery and I am still learning about the condition, in order to help spread the word and to work towards epilepsy being a condition everyone is aware of."