Town Hall goes through a pur­ple patch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Green Fingers -

Ruther­glen Town Hall was lit up re­cently to sup­port Turn Scot­land Pur­ple Day.

The aware­ness event is or­gan­ised by Epilepsy Scot­land in a bid to get peo­ple talk­ing about the con­di­tion.

Statis­tics from the char­ity show that one in 97 peo­ple across South La­nark­shire have epilepsy, so the lo­cal au­thor­ity were only to happy to back the cam­paign.

To mark Pur­ple Day last month, the char­ity asked the coun­cil to turn lo­cal land­marks pur­ple.

This snap of the Town Hall was taken by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s prop­erty man­ager Gra­ham Forsyth, who also or­gan­ised the light­ing.

Peo­ple of all ages were en­cour­aged to take part in fun ac­tiv­i­ties across the country and talk about this com­mon, yet se­ri­ous, neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion.

Al­lana Parker, pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer with Epilepsy Scot­land, said:“Turn­ing a well-known land­mark pur­ple in your area will get peo­ple talk­ing about epilepsy.

“Over 55,000 men, women and chil­dren now have epilepsy in Scot­land. Sadly, this par­tic­u­lar long-term health con­di­tion still car­ries a so­cial stigma.”

Epilepsy is the world’s most com­mon se­ri­ous neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der.

It is marked by re­peated seizures that start in the brain. A brief dis­tur­bance in the brain’s nor­mal elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity causes the nerve cells to fire off ran­dom sig­nals.

Go to www.epilep­syscot­land.org.uk or www.epilepsy.org.uk.

Light fan­tas­tic The Town Hall bathed in pur­ple light

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