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McMillan Joins Purple Ribbon Brigade for International Epilepsy Day

Added: 26 March 2013, 09:34

The world will be turning purple on Tuesday 26 March when Stuart McMillan MSP wears a ribbon to raise awareness of epilepsy on Purple Day.   Mr McMillan will join thousands of Epilepsy Scotland supporters holding purple-themed fun activities in schools and workplaces across the country.
 
Mr McMillan said: “I’m keen to support Purple Day and draw attention to this important cause.  Around 700 of my constituents have epilepsy.  Yet a public opinion poll shows one in four Scots know nothing about this long-term condition.
 
“When people ask me what the purple ribbon is for I can tell them about this international awareness day.  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 help to remove some of the stigma and fear people associate with the condition.
 
“Everyone can enjoy Purple Day in their own way.  Epilepsy Scotland has a free pack with an A-Z of ideas on their website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk”
 
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Stuart McMillan MSP – 0141 889 9519
 
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.    Historically lavender is the international colour associated with epilepsy.
 
3.         For more details please contact: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.