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Ness Bridge in Inverness to be lit up purple to raise awareness of epilepsy

By Andrew Dixon

THE Ness Bridge will be among 29 landmarks across Scotland, which will be lit up purple to help raise awareness of epilepsy for Purple Day on March 26.

Every year, Epilepsy Scotland works to get politicians, business leaders, schools, health professionals and members of the public to think and talk about epilepsy and help raise money for those living with the condition.

Several local councils and public bodies are proudly supporting Epilepsy Scotland’s epilepsy awareness campaign.

Epilepsy Scotland are also asking people across the country to organise a fundraising event in schools or workplaces such as dressing up in purple for the day and donating money to Epilepsy Scotland, organising a bake sale, taking part in running events or a sponsored silence.

In Scotland, around 55,000 people are living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Scotland’s Purple Day campaign has been supported by TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman and TV presenter Jennifer Reoch.

The Scottish charity’s chief executive Lesslie Young said: “Purple Day is the perfect opportunity to get our supporters involved and to raise awareness of epilepsy.

“We are delighted that various landmarks across the whole of Scotland are supporting our Paint the Town Purple campaign. Epilepsy affects around 55,000 people and impacts every community in Scotland.

“These displays help us raise awareness of the condition with the aim of diminishing the social stigma that surrounds it.

“We are grateful to every individual, school, college and workplace and to the local councils and public bodies for taking part in Purple Day. We hope to see as many of our supporters sharing their photos of their own purple day activities and celebrating the participation of our local authorities by visiting these landmarks on Purple Day.”

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