Media Release: The SSE Hydro goes purple for Purple Day, 26 March 2014

THE SSE Hydro is the first landmark building to join Epilepsy Scotland’s Turn Scotland purple campaign to help highlight Purple Day.

This international awareness day on 26 March promotes fun-filled ways to put epilepsy in the spotlight and show support for the estimated 54,000 people living here with this condition.

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive, Lesslie Young, remarked: “We are excited that The SSE Hydro has agreed to light up its distinctive facade purple and we hope other famous Scottish landmarks will do the same.

“We know our facebook and twitter followers are also asking those responsible for local iconic buildings to colour them purple that day.

“Purple is the international colour associated with epilepsy and for our 60th birthday, we invite the public to join in and turn Scotland purple on Wednesday 26 March.

“People can wear something this shade to school or to work, or even fundraise for us by making purple cupcakes or tray bakes.

“There’s a free Purple Day pack to download showing how to get involved and become better informed about epilepsy.

“It’s time this often hidden and misunderstood condition came out of the shadows. On 26 March, everyone can draw attention to epilepsy by going purple-tastic!”


Notes to editor:

1. Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people. We represent the estimated 54,000 Scots with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, text 07786 209501, email:, find us on facebook or twitter @epilepsy_scot twitter or visit:

2. Epilepsy Scotland was inaugurated in November 1954 and 2014 is our Diamond Jubilee year. Purple Day is now in its sixth year. For more details please call:

Allana Parker, public affairs officer on 07884 012 147 or 0141 427 4911.

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