Turning purple for epilepsy action

Paul and Michelle Fawcett
Paul and Michelle Fawcett

A man who suffers from epilepsy is helping to raise awareness of the condition.

Paul Fawcett, 39, from Blyth, has successfully requested the Millennium Bridge over the Tyne be lit purple on Monday for Purple Day, the global awareness day for epilepsy.

Epilepsy has had a big impact big impact on Paul, who lost two jobs because of his condition.

He contacted the Epilepsy Action Helpline as he wanted to inform local schools about the condition.

He said: “I wanted to find out whether local schools were informed about epilepsy. I inquired about information that I could maybe pass onto local schools.

“I was sent information, posters and leaflets by the helpline, who were very helpful. With this information I was able to talk to pupils at a local school about epilepsy and how it affects people.

“ I have always been grateful for the support of the Epilepsy Action Helpline.

“They provide an excellent service, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is affected by the condition.”

The UK’s leading epilepsy charity runs a weekday helpline, with a small team providing expert advice on a huge range of epilepsy-related subjects.

It is available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm, on Freephone 0808 8005050 or by emailing helpline@epilepsy.org.uk

The charity says that lack of resources means that one in two calls goes unanswered, but awareness and fund-raising on Purple Day could change all that.