Mid Ulster turns purple for epilepsy

The Burnavon Arts and Culture centre in Cookstown
The Burnavon Arts and Culture centre in Cookstown

Ranfurly House in Dungannon, Burnavon Theatre in Cookstown, and Magherafelt’s Bridewell Centre, all turned purple on Saturday to celebrate Purple Day, the global day of epilepsy awareness.

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

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, is delighted Mid Ulster is showing its support. She said: “The number of lives epilepsy affects here is devastating. When you take into account the family, friends and loved ones of those who suffer from the condition it affects even more than the already shocking figure of 20,000 people.

Barry O’Hagan, from Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland Mid Ulster branch, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Mid Ulster District Council...we want people to know that there is support and information available to help them.”

The Epilepsy Action Mid Ulster branch meets regularly, to offer help and advice.

If you are interested in going along or want to find out more, contact Clare Watson on 90634942 or cwatson@epilepsy.org.uk