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Purple Day

Purple Day

Purple Day takes place each year on 26th March and aims to raise awareness of epilepsy - a condition that effects over 600,000 people in the UK. The University of Edinburgh will be celebrating Purple Day this March and hope you will too.

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre

There are over 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK. It is a complex condition that not only effects the person living with epilepsy, but also impacts on their family’s lives too. There is a vital need for research into this common neurological condition. The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre aims to develop the very best treatments for people affected by the condition by fostering collaborations between world-class scientists and clinical researchers at the University of Edinburgh and beyond.

The Centre, based at the University of Edinburgh, aims to:

  • Identify novel causes for epilepsy.
  • Extend knowledge on additional learning and behavioural problems that people with epilepsy can have.
  • Find better epilepsy treatments.

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre

What will you do?

In previous years, our fantastic fundraisers have hosted purple themed fundraising events including a number of bake sales. Sadly, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, it's currently not safe to fundraise this way. However, you can help celebrate Purple Day by raising awareness of epilepsy and the work colleagues are doing at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.

Raise awareness

Add our #PurpleDay frame to your Facebook profile picture. It can be found under “Purple Day MMEC” in Facebook Frames, or by clicking the link below.

Facebook Frame - external website

Share our Purple Day video on your social media channels.

YouTube - external website


If you are able to, please donate to the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, via our JustGiving page.

JustGiving - external website


Ana-Maria with her mum Liliana

Get inspired

Colleagues in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures used Purple Day 2019 to raise almost £400 in memory of former student Ana-Maria.

Read their story

Geraldine abseiled 141 ft (43m) down the David Hume Tower. By travelling 14 floors up,  followed by 141ft straight down, Geraldine raised £740 in aid of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre. 

Read Geraldine's story

Contact for more information

Kerry Mackay

Senior Community Fundraising Officer

  • Development & Alumni

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Purple Day

Epilepsy Awareness Day - better known as Purple Day - takes place each year on 26th March and aims to raise awareness of epilepsy. Be part of Purple Day 2022 and help raise awareness of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.