Purple Day 2017

“Purple Foods for Purple Day”- an initiative to help raise awareness for epilepsy on Purple Day (March 26).

March was epilepsy awareness month and on the 26th of March came Purple Day. Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.

This year, Purple Day coincided with Mother’s Day and we were delighted to gain Purple Day support from four local food industry businesses in Edinburgh: Café Tartine, Victor Hugo Deli, Welch Fishmonger, and The Rabbit Hole. Between them, they set up a variety of initiatives to raise funds and awareness for epilepsy including creating purple dishes and drinks, wearing purple clothes, and displaying posters about epilepsy. This has helped raise awareness for epilepsy and we are grateful for all of the donations received for epilepsy research at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre (MMEC).

The initiative ran in the days up to and including Purple Day and together they raised just under £1000! This is an absolutely fantastic achievement by all involved and we hope to build on these newly forged links and make “Purple Foods for Purple Day” an annual event in Edinburgh with increasing support year on year. 

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The next fundraising event for your diaries is the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 27th and 28th May 2017. We are extremely grateful to the following fundraisers who are taking part in the festival to help raise funds for MMEC:

Dinesh is taking on the full marathon in memory of his dad Joe.

Kyle and Val are running the half marathon.

Steph, Hilary, Tony, Adam, Lizbeth, Mari, Neil, Jennie, Richard, Sarah, Tom, Jeni, Lizzie, Matt and Mike are all taking part in the Hairy Haggis Relay Team, with Steph running two legs.

Please follow the links to see their own fundraising pages and more about why they are taking part.

If you are around in Edinburgh then come down and show your support to them as they take on this tough but rewarding challenge.