Friday 26 March 2021 is Purple Day when epilepsy charities aim to increase awareness and knowledge of this condition
Epilepsy Berkshire is a small charity, founded in 2017 to help foster a greater understanding of epilepsy locally, to support those living with epilepsy and to raise funds on their behalf.
Six facts about epilepsy
- Around one in a hundred people has some form of epilepsy in the UK.
- Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures.
- There are around 40 different types of Epilepsy and 40 different types of seizures.
- Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age and from any walk of life. Employment is denied to many.
- Most people with Epilepsy have to take medication for it every day to try and stop their seizures.
Epilepsy Berkshire is currently based in the Reading/Wokingham area, where most members live and they also have members in Bracknell, Maidenhead and Newbury. Many of their members are patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where diagnosis and treatment is provided from neurologists and epilepsy nurses. Epilepsy Berkshire helps by giving patient support, which would otherwise not be provided.
Plans for Purple Day
Plans for Purple Day this year are restricted, due to Covid. However, they do have a Zoom session scheduled at 10:30am on Friday 26 March for the public and some members of Epilepsy Berkshire. There will be a short talk on epilepsy given by Kevin Boyle, Acting Chair of Epilepsy Berkshire, followed by questions. Anyone wishing to find out more about Epilepsy Berkshire is welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
There will be an evening event at 7:30pm for members of Epilepsy Berkshire only. There will be a quiz and competition and they will all wear purple, including newly-designed t-shirts and rosettes.
For more information see the Epilepsy Berkshire website.