Purple Day 2018 summary
Well, wasn’t that a productive Purple Day? Here are just some of the highlights to which Young Epilepsy got involved with.
Purple Day celebrations started a day early for Young Epilepsy, as they hosted their annual Purple Plunge skydive at the GoSkyDive centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire. A total of eight skydivers jumped between 10,000 and 15,000 feet for the charity, with around an incredible £6,500 raised.
On Purple Day itself, there were plenty of towns and cities raising epilepsy awareness by turning purple for Young Epilepsy. These cities included Portsmouth, Liverpool, Brighton and Stoke-on-Trent.
In Lingfield, Surrey, all of the shops were decorated in purple with the incentive of winning a prize for the most embracive of Purple Day. Funeral directors Ballard and Shortall won the coveted competition, as judged by Lingfield Parish Chair, John Cole.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Lewis Hine, famed for his viral epilepsy awareness video last year, which received public praise from the likes of Sir Elton John, Nick Grimshaw and Susanna Reid, helped light up Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. He recalls this opportunity as a ‘proud moment’ on his Twitter.
Young Epilepsy’s fundraising and support groups in Staffordshire and North West pulled off some great coups in terms of getting big sites in their local areas lighting purple. The Byatts in Stoke-on-Trent got Hanley Town Hall raising epilepsy awareness, gaining support from the likes of local MP Jack Brereton. In Liverpool, the Mudge family got Liverpool Town Hall, Cunard Building and Bidston Lighthouse in purple for the night.
Across to Parliament, Young Epilepsy’s chief executive Carol Long, along with Catherine Hodder and Lisa Thurston, attended an MP walk-in Purple Day session organised by the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Epilepsy.
Purple Day 2018 was a special one for Young Epilepsy’s long term ambitions. The charity launched their ‘In The Moment’ campaign. It’s a three year campaign that will begin by encouraging young people and their loved ones to tell their one ‘moment’ which changed their lives as a result of epilepsy. In doing this, Young Epilepsy has launched a new website with information and ‘moments’ accumulated, aimed to removing stigma and raising awareness.
Overall, it was a hugely successful day. The charity would like to thank fundraisers, supporters, schools, MPs and shops for raising much needed awareness of epilepsy and hopefully this enthusiasm will continue much further afield!