Lighting up the purple skies

Blackpool Tower lit purple for Epilepsy Awareness day.  L-R mum Nicola Whitehead, Coun Graham Cain, Jessie Hollowell and manager Kate Shane.
Blackpool Tower lit purple for Epilepsy Awareness day. L-R mum Nicola Whitehead, Coun Graham Cain, Jessie Hollowell and manager Kate Shane.
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THE dark skies were illuminated purple as Blackpool Tower got behind Epilepsy Awareness to make people more aware of the condition.

And Nicola Whitehead, who’s daughter Jessie Hallowell is epileptic, spent the evening handing out flyers and launched 20 balloons in memory of people, mainly children, who have died from it.

Jessie started having seizures when she was three, but wasn’t diagnosed for another four years.

Now aged 11, Jessie, a pupil at Devonshire Primary School, doesn’t suffer too many fits, but when she does it’s during the night, so Nicola is constantly checking on her daughter as she sleeps.

She said: “Jessie gets a bit mad that she sometimes can’t go to the park with her friends and she can get a bit fed up, but she understands.

“She missed quite a bit of school a couple of years ago but she’s caught up now and is doing really well.”

Nicola, of Moorfield Avenue, Lytham, does work to support Epilepsy Sucks UK, and said she was pleased to see the Tower support awareness of epilepsy.

Blackpool Tower manager Kate Shane said: “It was always our intention to illuminate purple to celebrate something we are happy to add awareness and focus to.

“We are happy this has generated the support of the public.

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