The 26th of March each year is Purple Day. Purple day has been running since 2008 and was created to bring people together to start conversations about Epilepsy and raise awareness of the condition.
St Valentine – Patron Saint of Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a condition which is often greatly misunderstood but which affects 600,000 (around 1 in every 100) people in the UK. The Epilepsy Society has a great page of information about facts and myths related to epilepsy.
Young Epilepsy are another major epilepsy charity in the UK who focus their work on supporting children and young people with epilepsy. They have a great page of ideas and resources to mark Purple Day and get your school raising money to help maintain vital research into epilepsy and to support children with epilepsy and their families.
Young Epilepsy have also produced a number of resources specifically to help schools raise awareness and educate their school community about epilepsy including:
- Resources for Primary Schools
- Resources for Secondary Schools
- A Useful Documents Section (with helpful information sheets and templates)
- E-Learning Online Training for School Staff and for Pupils (You do need to create an account to access these but they are free to access.)
- Assembly Plans
So, whether you plan to Party in Purple or have a Wear Purple to School day, hold an assembly or run a fundraiser, make the most of Purple Day 2021. Let’s get talking about epilepsy so your whole school community can learn more about this common condition and show support for our friends and colleagues.