Saturday 26th March was Purple Day, when Epilepsy Connections’ volunteers were out in force at the Falkirk vs Raith Rovers match to get everyone talking about epilepsy.
Purple Day began in Canada in 2008 and in just 3 years it has taken off in a big way, with over 100 countries taking part worldwide. This year, in partnership with Falkirk FC, local charity Epilepsy Connections held Scotland’s biggest Purple Day celebration to date. At the match were Cathy Peattie MSP and Richard Simpson MSP, who’ve championed epilepsy in the Scottish Parliament for many years, and Gordon Banks MP, lending their support for the 2,700 people in Forth Valley who have epilepsy.
Cathy Peattie said: “I’m very pleased to be involved in this event. It is really important that people have a better understanding and awareness of epilepsy. It is great to see Falkirk FC and Epilepsy Connections getting together to do just that through Purple Day.”
Richard Simpson MSP said: “I’m delighted to take part in Purple Day to get people talking about epilepsy. As a GP, I know that although epilepsy is a common neurological condition, it’s still much misunderstood. I’m delighted that Falkirk FC and Epilepsy Connections brought their supporters together to raise awareness of epilepsy and of the valuable work that Epilepsy Connections does to support local people affected by it.”
Gordon Banks MP said: “I am delighted to show my support for epilepsy and through Purple Day I hope that awareness will be raised significantly. The organisers and Falkirk Football Club should be congratulated on this initiative. By raising awareness we better understand the condition and can better support those affected by epilepsy”
Shirley Maxwell of Epilepsy Connections said “We were delighted with the welcome and support we got from players and fans on Purple Day. We got people talking about epilepsy and let them know about our local epilepsy information and support service that helps hundreds of people with epilepsy and their families every year. We’re facing a funding cut of at least 9% this year, and the funds we raised from our collection at the match will help keep this vital service going here in Forth Valley. Purple Day also gave us the chance to say goodbye to Keir Grajewski, the first and only Epilepsy Specialist Nurse in Forth Valley. We believe that access to an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse is vital and improves the quality of care for people with epilepsy. Our epilepsy fieldwork team have worked in close partnership with Keir over the last 6 years and he will be sorely missed by the hundreds of patients he treated during that time and by Epilepsy Connections. We’re looking forward to welcoming Keir’s successor later in the year to continue the extremely valuable and highly successful service he developed. We wish Keir and his family well in their new life abroad.”
For more information about epilepsy contact Epilepsy Connections:
Tel: 01324 624000 ext 6022