Staff joined forces with customers to help raise funds and awareness of epilepsy. The team at Specsavers Tavistock wore the colour purple to mark the launch of ‘Purple Day’, an event run by the Epilepsy Society.

More than 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year 1,000 people lose their lives due to epilepsy. This includes 600 who die of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Local support

Tavistock store director, Sarah Routly said: ‘We wanted to fundraise for the Epilepsy Society because we know of people in the community who have benefited from the vital support that they can offer to those with the condition and their families.

‘All the money we raise for Epilepsy Society will help them to support people with epilepsy through research and important services such as their epilepsy helpline. We really enjoyed organising this event and we are grateful for all those who supported us.’

A word from the charity

Claire Glazebrook, director of fundraising at Epilepsy Society, said: ‘We are always very grateful for the funds that our supporters raise. Events such as this take a lot of thought and preparation but the money will really help to make a real difference to people with epilepsy, both through research and through our epilepsy support services. On behalf of all of us at Epilepsy Society, a huge thank you.’

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