For Saturday’s game against Stranraer we are asking our supporters to wear purple for the day. The first team will wear purple for the match.
Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl who has epilepsy. The website is here http://www.purpleday.org
It is now supported by all major UK epilepsy charities (eg Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Scotland) and is growing by the year. Last year, the Hydro in Glasgow was lit up in support and Edinburgh Castle has done it in the past.
Some quick facts about epilepsy:
l Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting one in 100 people in the UK – an estimated 54,000 people in Scotland.
It involves abnormal electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures. People who have epilepsy are at risk for other health issues, including sleep problems and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
In many cases the cause of epilepsy cannot be determined, but common reasons for its development include genetics, head injury, brain tumour and stroke.
Among those who take antiepilepsy drugs, just under a third will still not gain control over their seizures.
In the UK, there are around 1,000 epilepsy-related deaths each year.
There is growing evidence that head injuries in sport, particularly rugby and the NFL, can lead to the development of ongoing neurological problems, including epilepsy.