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Turning the World Purple on International Epilepsy Day

Added: 20 March 2013, 10:52

If you see lots of people wearing purple on Tuesday 26 March, it’s no new fashion trend.  Many will be supporters of International Purple Day which aims to raise awareness of epilepsy. 

Chief Executive Lesslie Young said: “There are around 54,000 people with epilepsy in Scotland yet a public opinion poll shows one in four Scots know nothing about this long-term condition.  The beauty of Purple Day is that it offers a light-hearted way to get people thinking and talking about epilepsy.  This in turn can remove some of the stigma, misconceptions and fear that people may have regarding this common serious neurological condition.

“It may not pack the same punch as Red Nose Day but thousands of supporters across Scotland are taking part in Purple Day.  We value every MSP and councillor who wears a purple ribbon.  We appreciate the fundraising efforts of pupils and teachers at schools like Mortlach Primary School and Nursery in Speyside where everyone will try to wear something purple.  It means a lot when workplaces such as Capita Life and Pensions Glasgow office dress in purple or Campbell’s Bakery in Crieff sell cupcakes with our logo.  Fun events are being hosted from Aberdeen to Glenrothes and fundraising activities range from a Zumba class in Bishopbriggs to purple hair-dying in Dumfries!

“We have an A-Z pack of activities at www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk  to help people join in.  Our facebook and twitter followers are asking iconic Scottish landmarks like the Wallace Monument and Edinburgh Castle to turn purple.  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”
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Notes to editor

1.    Epilepsy Scotland 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 Scots with epilepsy, 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.  For more details please contact: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.