LETTER: Support epilepsy charity’s Purple Day in March

I am writing to ask your readers to support people with epilepsy and celebrate the global day of epilepsy awareness. Purple Day, on Thursday March 26, is now in its seventh year and has fast become a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action is encouraging people to ‘turn their world purple’ by swapping their ordinary suits and ties, school uniforms or work wear for something purple in return for a donation.

There are plenty of other creative ways for people to embrace all things purple. Previous fundraisers have painted themselves purple, eaten purple foods for the day, baked blackcurrant pies and had purple tea parties, to name a few. You can also campaign for a local landmark or sports team to turn purple for the day! Whatever the method, the money raised from Purple Day all helps Epilepsy Action to support the 84,000 people with epilepsy across the South East.

Anyone wishing to take part in Purple Day can request a purplicious fundraising toolkit. It includes an official Epilepsy Action ‘Purple collection box’, balloons, stickers and posters. It also features lots of useful tips to help you get started.

Every year, around 32,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy, that’s 87 every single day. Every penny raised on Purple Day will help us to continue our vital work in supporting the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.

To request a fundraising toolkit, or for more information about others ways to get involved in Purple Day, visit epilepsy.org.uk/purple, or call 0113 210 8824.

Readers can find out more about living with epilepsy at our website, epilepsy.org.uk .

Michael White

Fundraising Events Officer, Epilepsy Action