Purple Day is an annual day to raise awareness and raise money for Epilepsy. Many of our services support people with Epilepsy and many hold events on Purple Day. This year it was on 26th March and I spent part of the day at Vallance Gardens in Hove. They did a fantastic job of organising an excellent Purple Day. Service users wore purple and the house was decorated with purple balloons and drawings. The deputy manager, Joan, had approached many local businesses and asked them to donate raffle prizes such as; restaurant meals, treatment vouchers and luxury soaps. She also asked many local shops to put up posters to further raise awareness. Well done to the manager and all the team at Vallance who made this such a great day and to any other service that celebrated Purple Day.
Epilepsy is a complex neurological condition, and 1 in 5 people with epilepsy have a learning disability (20%). Epilepsy is a tendency to have recurrent seizures that start in the brain. Anyone can develop epilepsy, at any time of life and it happens in people of all ages, races and social classes. There are around 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK, so around 1 in 100 people. Most seizures happen suddenly without warning, last a short time (a few seconds or minutes) and stop by themselves and will present differently in each person. It is often a lifelong condition, with frontline treatment being anti-epilepsy medicine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
CMG currently support around 200 people with an epilepsy diagnosis, and benefit internally from specialist support and training from our learning disability nurse trainers and clinical nurse trainer who is qualified in the Post Graduate Cert in The Epilepsies. They also facilitate CMG’s Epilepsy Special Interest Group.
I also visited Hawthorn Crescent this week to present Sherrie Durrant, a Support Worker, with a cheque for £100, as she was the winner in last month’s Employee of the Month competition. This is such a great scheme and is an excellent way of recognising some of the fantastic work our staff do. It is always such a pleasure presenting these awards in the service. Don’t forget this scheme runs every month, and as of this year, we are also introducing a Team of the Quarter scheme. The winning team will receive a visit from me with a hamper of tasty goodies!