In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday in Scotland, thus becoming the country's official national day.
On this day, we think about the incredible Scottish Young Epilepsy Champion Award winners of 2016.
Scott Barclay – winner of the ‘Supporting the Community’ Award
Scott has had epilepsy from the age of 17. Since then he has inspired people by sharing his story and campaigning to raise awareness of the condition.
Scott refuses to let epilepsy beat him. He is an advocate for epilepsy awareness and even managed to get HOVIS to change their packaging to purple for Purple Day 2016.
Watch Scott’s story
Kate Frodshum – winner of the ‘My Champion’ Award
Kate’s pupil, Daniel, 6, who has focal epilepsy with secondary generalisation nominated Kate for the award.
Before Daniel started going to St Paul’s he was struggling with class work and anxiety about his seizures, this led to him moving schools. Since Daniel has been in Kate’s class he has flourished and feels empowered to tell her when he feels a seizure coming on, something he rarely does at home.
Watch Kate’s story
Tiegan and Xander Gill – winners of the ‘Bravery’ Award
Tiegan (10) and Xander’s (7) mother has epilepsy and after the birth of their baby sister, Savannah, her seizures became more frequent to the point that she might have five or six a day.
This must have been terrifying for the pair, but they took it in their stride and in the event of a seizure they stay calm, alert their dad, James, or activate the community alarm in their house.
Tiegan and Xander have recently been helping other children that have relatives with epilepsy, giving them reassurance and advice. Despite their age, these children have been a huge support to their family and show initiative and courage beyond their years.
Watch Tiegan and Xander’s story
Holly Lumsden - winner of the 'Inspirational Young Star' Award
Holly Lumsden won this award. She is an inspirational 12-year-old with a positive outlook on life. She continues to set challenges for herself and to achieve them to the highest standard.
Holly feels strongly that other young people should be better informed about epilepsy. She has presented her ideas for an educational epilepsy app to her classmates, revealing her diagnosis to them in the process. Holly is an inspiration to young people with epilepsy and other long-term conditions. She is also a role model for young people generally. Her positivity and optimism makes her someone other young people with the condition can aspire to.
Watch Holly's story