Chester Eastgate Clock, TownHall and Storyhouse will be bathed in Purple to raise awareness for Epilepsy on ‘Purple Day’ on 26th March 2020.
Purple day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young girl from Canada, who has Epilepsy and wanted to get people talking about the condition. Cassidy used the colour purple because lavender is recognised as the international flower of Epilepsy. Cassidy not only wanted to raise awareness but also wanted to assure people with Epilepsy that they are not alone.Over the past 9 years Purple day has grown to be a global event raising awareness of the impact Epilepsy can have on people’s lives, whether you are someone who lives with the condition or a Carer that assists.
Event organisers are encouraging people to “start a conversation” by wearing purple or sharing photographs. “Other ways you can consider taking part in the campaign is by lighting up your homes, schools or offices, wearing purple at your school/place of work, baking purple cakes (charging a nominal fee and all proceeds going to an Epilepsy related Charity), holding a purple themed party and sharing your ‘purple day’ themed photos across social media.”
Amanda Adams who has organised the Chester event said “I’m delighted and overwhelmed that this is occurring. I consider Chester part of my local community and as someone who lives with Epilepsy I wanted to raise awareness for others who are impacted in some way whether you live with the condition yourself, or are a family member, friend, or carer. Raising awareness, and starting the conversation goes such a long way and really can lift Peoples spirits. I have a great network of Friends and Family around me, and with some adjustments and support, I get to enjoy and be involved in so many things. I love all the work many Communities and Charities are doing to remove the stigma and raise awareness – And I really hope many People will come out on the 26th to see Chester look even more amazing. A BIG thank you to Storyhouse, Mark Carline, and Cheshire West and Chester Council, for making this happen”