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McCaig’s Tower is glowing purple on 26 March 2014

Added: 17 March 2014, 14:18

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: 0.01 Tuesday 18 March 2014
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Oban’s landmark McCaig’s Tower is joining Epilepsy Scotland’s campaign to Turn Scotland purple on 26 March.  This will help to highlight international Purple Day, which promotes fun filled ways to put epilepsy in the spotlight and show support for the 54,000 people who live in Scotland with this condition.

Campaign supporter Fiona Bennett who stays near Oban has successfully achieved her aim to have this famous monument lit in purple.  She remarked: “I’ve meant to do something before to raise awareness since I have epilepsy myself.  I saw Epilepsy Scotland’s campaign on facebook and decided it was a great idea and took up the challenge.  The response from McCaig’s Tower has been amazing and I hope this Purple Day occasion gets people talking about epilepsy.”

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive Lesslie Young remarked: “We are excited that our social media campaign is inspiring people to ask for prominent landmarks to turn purple on 26 March. This shade is the international colour associated with epilepsy.

“People can also wear purple to school or to work, or even fundraise for us by making purple-coloured cupcakes or tray bakes.  There’s a free Purple Day pack to download showing how to get involved and become better informed about epilepsy.  It’s time this often hidden and misunderstood condition came out of the shadows.  In our 60th year, everyone can draw attention to epilepsy on 26 March by going purple-tastic!”
NDS
Notes to Editor
 
1.    Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with 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 living in Scotland, their families and carers.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, text 07786 209501, email: enquiries@epilepsyscotland.org.uk, find us on facebook or twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk

2.    The SSE Hydro will turn purple on 26 March.  Purple Day is now in its sixth year.   In 2014 Epilepsy Scotland (inaugurated November 1954) celebrates its Diamond Jubilee.  For details call: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer 07884 012 147 or 0141 427 4911.