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Scots Mum Turns Blackpool Tower Purple for Epilepsy Day

Added: 19 March 2013, 15:29

Blackpool Tower will be floodlit with purple on Tuesday 26 March thanks to the efforts of Airdrie mum Lisa Stewart, her sister and their facebook followers.  The iconic Blackpool landmark and local council have agreed to raise awareness of epilepsy for International Purple Day next week.

Lisa, aged 30, and her family are keen to draw public attention to epilepsy after her son, aged six, was diagnosed with the condition two years ago.  She explained:  “I saw a facebook post recently where a girl in England wanted Blackpool Tower to turn purple for Purple Day.  Nothing seemed to be happening.   I decided to facebook the Tower to support Purple Day in a fun way and all our family’s followers liked the idea.  My sister called Blackpool Tower and I also emailed Blackpool Council to urge them to highlight this epilepsy day.  Thankfully they have agreed to help.

“I didn’t know what epilepsy was until it happened to us.  There’s a lot more that comes with the diagnosis.  For example, my nephew, aged four, knows how to put my son in the recovery position.  Sadly, the public are unaware of epilepsy until it affects them.  My son’s school is taking part in Purple Day and many teachers and pupils will wear ribbons supplied by Epilepsy Scotland.”
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Notes to editor

1.    Epilepsy Scotland - established in 1954 - works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard.  We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.  This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people.  We represent 54,000 people with epilepsy in Scotland, their families and carers.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, or try enquiries@epilepsyscotland.org.uk, text 07786 209501, find us on twitter @epilepsy_scot twitter or facebook or visit: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk

2.    Purple Day was founded in Canada by nine years old Cassidy Megan in 2008 who has epilepsy: www.purpleday.org   Historically, lavender is the international colour associated with epilepsy. 

3.    Epilepsy Scotland has an A-Z pack of activities at www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk  for those who want to join in or a free pack can be posted by calling 0141 427 4911.  Take a peek at the Purple Day photos on our web and facebook gallery and be sure to email your fun filled shots to:enquiries@epilepsyscotland.org.uk

4.    For more details please contact: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.