Purple Day - March 26th

Epilepsy is a devastating condition which affects 600,000 people in the UK, over 60,000 of these are children. In 2008 Canadian, Cassidy Megan, started Purple Day and now world wide epilepsy awareness day is celebrated in over 100 countries.  Thanks to Cassidy this widespread and misunderstood condition is receiving the attention it deserves.

Will you help us raise awareness and support some of the 18,000 children in the UK who suffer from complex, drug-resistant epilepsy?

On March 26th, Purple Day, will be celebrated worldwide.  Join us and do something for a child with epilepsy.  It can be something as simple as wearing purple socks or making purple cupcakes to share at work or school: have fun and help us dispel the myths and isolation associated with epilepsy.

With your help we can continue funding specialist trained ketogenic dietitians to work within NHS hospitals and provide grants for night-time breathing (SATs/epilepsy) monitors keeping children safe while they sleep.

Contact us now for a special Daisy Garland Purple Day fundraising pack.

 Caring counts!

Give epilepsy the attention it deserves!

  • Raise important epilepsy awareness

Our bright and informative in-house produced Daisy Garland epilepsy awareness posters for use in clinics, schools, surgeries and nurseries are available on request.  Help us raise awareness, click here to order your Purple Day fundraising pack (which includes a selection of posters) today.

We can't continue our work without your support!

  • Dye your hair/beard/moustache purple

In 2019 stunning Kate Stahl raised a staggering £1,319.26 by dying her hair bright purple.  Thanks to her amazing support we were able to buy a  night-time breathing monitor for a child on our waiting list and fund several keto welcome boxes for families setting out on their ketogenic journey.

Last year, super supporter, Gareth Pickett, took on the challenge of dyeing his hair and beard purple, with fabulous results!

Gareth told us - 

"My Daughter Scarlett was diagnosed with epilepsy at just ten weeks old. She had seizure after seizure, day after day and has had to be resuscitated twice as well as enduring endless blood tests, lumbar punctures and other invasive hospital procedures. Scarlett's bravery amazes us everyday. Her worst seizures came at nighttime so we never slept and just sat watching her to make sure she was safe. Eventually we were in a position to be able to buy a seizure monitor which gave us peace of mind and means that we can actually sleep knowing that we will be alerted when Scarlett has a seizure. So with this in mind, I have decided to dye my hair and beard purple for Purple Day to raise funds for a fantastic charity called The Daisy Garland. They offer essential support, guidance and grants to families of children with drug resistant epilepsy. If we can raise some money to go towards a grant for another family to have access to a night time seizure monitor then it would be fantastic."

  • Get your school or nursery involved

Three years ago the children and teachers at Ernehale Junior School in Nottingham held a Purple mufti day in aid of The Daisy Garland. Sam and Millie Ridley (pictured below with headteacher Mrs Batley) whose younger sister, Poppy, suffers from epilepsy, gave a touching presentation about epilepsy to the whole school during morning assembly.  Their purple day event raised lots of epilepsy awareness, prompting lots of questions about epilepsy too.  A whopping £311.25 was raised from this every important fundraising event.

  • Hold a purple cake sale

Cakes galore!  With the help of her three smashing children, Daisy supporter Adele Childs held a Purple Day cake sale at Baddow Hall Infants School in Chelmsford, This inspiring family raised a super-tasty £163 for The Daisy Garland.   

  • Organise a fundraising event

Super supporter, Caroline Knight, will be holding a Purple Day coffee morning on March 26th, selling her delicious homemade marmalade alongside some of our exclusive Daisy Garland merchandise. We are extremely grateful to, keto grandma, Caroline for her sterling efforts in raising awareness.    

Three cheers for loyal Daisy supporter and keto mum, Jo Firth, who is planning a Purple Day wine and cheese evening.  You can read more about Jo's daughter Charlotte here.

What will you do to support The Daisy Garland on Purple Day? 

For more Purple Day fundraising ideas please click on the link below. 

Ways to fundraise

  • Make a donation NOW and help a child with epilepsy TODAY

The Daisy Garland is a non-profit making charity supporting children who suffer from drug-resistant epilepsy and their families. We do not receive any government funding so rely on the kindness and support of people like you to continue our vital work. Every donation is gratefully received and every penny counts. 

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Your donation will help a child like Raife.

Read more about Raife here.

Every donation, no matter how small, is hugely important to us. Thank you for your support 💜

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