Fair Hill pupils wear purple for charity

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Fair Hill Primary School recently held a Purple Day/Plain Clothes Day in aid of Epilepsy Action (Northern Ireland).

The school decided to hold the fundraiser as one of its Year 7 pupils, Georgina Bailey, has the medical conditions of Hyperinsulinism and associated Epilepsy.

The school was able to assist in raising the superb sum of £250 for Epilepsy Action (NI).

Clare Watson from the charity said: “That’s great, I’m glad the day went well and what a fantastic amount to raise.”

The concept of Purple Day was created in 2008 by then nine-year-old Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl living with epilepsy. She came up with the idea as a way to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy and raise awareness positively. It is now celebrated annually all over the world.

Epilepsy affects around 20,000 people in Northern Ireland. Despite this, it is still an often misunderstood condition. Purple Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the condition.

Epilepsy is simple to explain. It is the tendency to have seizures. However, there are many different types of epileptic seizure, and everyone experiences them differently.

They range from experiencing strange sensations to falling unconscious, but they can all have a major impact on daily life.

Through medicines and other treatments, some people have their seizures controlled. But for many, seizures continue to disrupt and have a severe impact on daily life. As well as seizures, people with epilepsy regularly have to deal with unfair discrimination and prejudice.

People can get support and information from the Epilepsy Action Helpline 0808 800 5050 or online at www.epilepsy.org.uk.