MSP joins purple ribbon brigade

PURPLE PATCH: Graeme Dey joins in Purple Day for epilepsy sufferers.

PURPLE PATCH: Graeme Dey joins in Purple Day for epilepsy sufferers.

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ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey donned a special ribbon in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday to help raise awareness of Purple Day.

He joined thousands of Epilepsy Scotland supporters holding purple-themed activities in schools and workplaces across the country.

In Scotland around 54,000 people currently live with epilepsy.

Children and older people are most at risk of developing the serious neurological condition, however, anyone can develop it at any time – eight people a day in Scotland do.

The MSP said: “Raising awareness of epilepsy, which affects so many lives in Scotland, is absolutely vital.

“In my constituency there are around 700 residents who are epileptics. Despite this significant number I was surprised by the findings of a public opinion poll which showed one in four Scots know nothing about the long-term health condition.

“Wearing the purple ribbon offers a light-hearted way to get the public thinking and talking about this issue. Hopefully, all those who wear purple in support of International Epilepsy Day will help remove some of the stigma and fear associated with the condition.”

He concluded: “Epilepsy Scotland continues to help many families and individuals who live with epilepsy day in day out. I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to visit www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk”