4 easy steps to turn a local landmark purple for epilepsy awareness

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Gateshead Millennium Bridge turned purple

Around the world, people with epilepsy each year look locally to see what landmarks can be turned purple on Purple Day.

City halls, bridges, castles, theatres, harbours, monuments and many other places have gone purple in support of Purple Day. And it’s something you can do, simply with a letter, email or phone call.

4 steps to turning your local landmark purple

  1. Find out who is the right person to speak to at the landmark
  2. Download our template letter and use that as the basis of your letter or email
  3. Try and do that as soon as you can. The landmark will need time to deal with your request - especially with Purple Day being on a Saturday and on Easter weekend.
  4. If you’ve not heard back from the landmark about two weeks before Purple Day, give them a call and ask them if they have plans

3 steps to tell people why your local landmark is turning purple

If the landmark is turning people, you need to tell people about it, so the general public knows it’s for epilepsy awareness!

  1. Ask the landmark’s staff to publicise it. That can be on posters, through local media or on their website or social media pages
  2. Ask them to contact us here at Epilepsy Action (email: press@epilepsy.org.uk) so we can find out more and tell the world
  3. Add the landmark to our Purple Day events map
  4. We have a template press release you can send to local radio, newspapers and websites. Contact our press office press@epilepsy.org.uk if you’d like a copy.

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End stigma
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Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. People with epilepsy and their families can face stigma and discrimination.


Event Date: 
Wednesday 26 March 2014 (All day)

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