A Scottish social care charity has marked Purple Day, the international epilepsy awareness day. Quarriers is a charity which operates Scotland’s only residential assessment and treatment centre for adults living with epilepsy, The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre.
Purple Day (26 March) is the international awareness day to increase epilepsy visibility and dispel common myths about the condition. Participants are encouraged to wear purple and perhaps host events in honour of the day.
Elaine McAllister, who has lived with epilepsy since childhood and works at the William Quarrier Epilepsy Centre as Senior Clinical Administrator, marked the day by using purple face paint to emulate a physical depiction of the condition which affects over 600,000 adults in the UK. Prior to gaining employment at the Centre, Elaine received support there in 2014 to help her manage daily life with the condition.
Quarriers currently runs over 100 social care services throughout Scotland, supporting thousands of people every day. These services offer a wide range of support, from care homes and respite for people with a disability to accommodation for young homeless people, support for carers, family centres and community-based support for people living with epilepsy.
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