Lagan Valley Island set for a purple patch

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Lagan Valley Island is turning purple on Thursday 24 March to celebrate Purple Day, the global day of epilepsy awareness.

The iconic building joins other landmarks from all over Northern Ireland in showing epilepsy’s true colours by switching on purple lights.

Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland has worked with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to turn Island Valley Island purple to raise awareness of the condition.

Purple Day was created in 2008 by then nine-year-old Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl living with epilepsy.

Through medicines and other treatments, some people have their seizures controlled.

But for many, seizures continue to disrupt and disable.

Clare Watson, Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland manager, commented: “It has been fantastic to work with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to turn Lagan Valley Island purple this year.

“Purple Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy; traditionally the lavender flower represents loneliness, but Purple Day is a reminder that no one has to live with epilepsy alone.”

Rosemary Finnegan, a volunteer for Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland who facilitates the local Coffee and Chat group, said “Our group meets on the last Thursday of the month in Bob and Bert’s Coffee Shop, Menary’s, Bow Street Mall, Lisburn from 11.00am to 12.30pm.

“It is a really great opportunity to meet new people, share experiences and learn more about life with epilepsy.”

If you would like to find out more about the group, or are interested in attending, please contact Rosemary on 0734 196 2848.

Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland raises awareness of epilepsy and supports people affected by epilepsy through a range of services.