Purple Day to support people with Epilepsy

The Skipton International fundraisers last year. Credit: Skipton International

Islanders are being called on to don their best purple clothes, to support people with Epilepsy.

International Purple Day takes place on March 26, and the aim's to dress up to raise awareness about the condition, which affects one person out of every 100.

"Epilepsy is so varied, it’s not just about dropping on the floor and shaking, or about flashing lights.

"I’ve had many different types of seizure and have tried five different medications, but when my brain is scanned it looks normal.

"People with epilepsy appear normal, you can’t tell someone has it just by looking at them, yet I have a disability and the biggest impact for me is the fact I’m not able to drive. Getting around on buses with a pushchair and two small children isn’t easy."

– Vikki Militis

Skipton International will be taking part this year, to raise funds for the Epilepsy Association.

"There are many of our colleagues, friends and fellow islanders who suffer from this chronic condition, and for those that do it is frightening and frustrating.

"As small island communities in the Channel Islands, we have limited specialist services and so it’s important that we all show our support for sufferers and let them know they are not alone."

– Jim Coupe, Skipton International Managing Director