Media Release: Sheepish support for Purple Day by M8 ewes

CURIOUS M8 commuters may wonder why sheep at the Pyramids Business Park near Bathgate have turned purple on Wednesday 26 March.

This display is part of the wide-ranging support for Epilepsy Scotland’s campaign to Turn Scotland purple for 24 hours. Fun-filled events like this one on international Purple Day helps to show support for the 54,000 people who live in Scotland with this condition.

Senior facilities manager, Craig Chalmers, who will oversee that the sheep on the Business Park’s nearby hills get a purple rinse, commented: “We are happy and pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile charity.”

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive, Lesslie Young, remarked: “We are excited that businesses like this one, MSPs, schools and supporters across Scotland are flocking to help our Turn Purple Scotland campaign.

“All of their efforts will certainly help to get people talking about epilepsy and hopefully lessen the social stigma around it.

“Our free Purple Day pack on our website shows how to get involved and become better informed about epilepsy.

“People can wear purple to school or to work, or fundraise for us by making purple-coloured cupcakes or tray bakes.

“It’s time this often hidden and misunderstood condition came out of the shadows. In our 60th year, everyone can draw attention to epilepsy on 26 March 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. As part of the Turn Scotland Purple campaign, The SSE Hydro and Oban’s McCaig’s Tower will be floodlit purple on 26 March. Purple Day is now in its sixth year. In 2014, Epilepsy Scotland (inaugurated November 1954) celebrates its Diamond Jubilee. For more details call: Allana Parker, public affairs officer 07884 012 147 or 0141 427 4911.

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