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Ness Bridge to be illuminated for Purple Day to support epilepsy awareness

By Niall Harkiss

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Ness Bridge at high tide. Picture: Jennifer Laws
Ness Bridge at high tide. Picture: Jennifer Laws

The colour purple will light up Ness Bridge tomorrow, in a bid to help to help raise awareness of epilepsy.

Founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan from Canada, Purple Day is a great opportunity to get people talking about epilepsy and dispel the myths and stigma attached to the condition.


The Inverness bridge will join over 40 buildings and landmarks which will be lit up in the colour purple on Tuesday March 26.

Among the other Highland locations to follow suit are Mackays Hotel in Wick and Dingwall Town Hall.

Epilepsy Scotland is asking schools, local communities and people in their workplace to wear something purple during March to help raise awareness and help support the estimated 58,000 people living with epilepsy in Scotland.

The Scottish charity’s Purple Day campaign has been supported by celebrities including TV Presenters Edith Bowman and Jennifer Reoch and Star Wars actor Greg Grunberg.

Epilepsy Scotland’s chief executive, Lesslie Young said: “We are delighted so many landmarks across Scotland will light up purple for Purple Day. These displays help us raise awareness of epilepsy with the aim of diminishing the social stigma that can surround it.

“Awareness days such as Purple Day are a great opportunity for people to learn more about epilepsy and to support our vital services, including our national helpline, wellbeing service, youth group service and Welfare Rights service.”

To get involved in Purple Day, please go to Epilepsy Scotland’s website at epilepsyscotland.org.uk/purpleday or email fundraising@epilepsyscotland.org.uk

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