Media Release: Bashful sheep on M8 supporting Purple Day


INTERESTED M8 commuters may wonder why sheep at the Pyramids Business Park have turned purple on Thursday 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 on international Purple Day will help to show support for the estimated 54,000 people who live in Scotland with this condition.

Senior facilities manager, Craig Chalmers, who oversaw the sheep on the Business Park’s nearby hills getting a purple rinse, commented: “We are happy and pleased to be able to support such this worthwhile charitable cause.”

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive, Lesslie Young, said: “We are excited that businesses, MSPs, schools and supporters across Scotland are following our Turn Purple Scotland campaign. All of their efforts will certainly help to get people talking about epilepsy and hopefully lessen the social stigma that still surrounds it.

“Everyone can take part in Purple Day in their own way. Our website has a dedicated page with many useful ideas and suggestions. Whether you decide to wear purple and send a selfie to our web page, go on social media to make a wish for epilepsy, or fundraise for us, all your actions are helping to bring epilepsy into the limelight.”


Notes to Editor

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 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 or visit:

As part of the Turn Scotland Purple campaign, McCaig’s Tower (Oban), the Falkirk Wheel and Ness Brige (Inverness) will be floodlit purple on 26 March. Over at Glencoe Mountain Resort skiers can build purple ribbed snowmen.

Purple Day was started in 2008 by a Canadian girl called, Cassidy Megan.

For more details call: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer 07884 012 147 or 0141 427 4911.

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Contact: Allana Parker
Phone: 07884012147