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Nurses get behind National Epilepsy Week

Healthcare professionals in the North East are supporting National Epilepsy Week, it has been revealed.

Specialist epilepsy nurses Pam Mantri and Lesley McCoy will be setting up a stall in Durham in a bid to raise awareness of the condition.

The pair, employees of University Hospital of North Durham, will work alongside members of the Durham Epilepsy Support Group to offer advice to people living with the condition and their families.

People can find the stall by heading to Market Place, Durham City, on Thursday and Friday.

Pam Mantri said: “There is still a lot of stigma associated with epilepsy and it is therefore important that we support national campaigns such as this locally to help raise awareness of the condition and how it can be managed.

“As health professionals we can provide a lot of advice and information about what we know but having the members of the support group there with us means people can also hear what it feels like which can be very beneficial.”

The My Purple Pledge campaign was launched by the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) earlier this year.

The campaign was launched in a bid to boost education around the condition and to encourage people to offer their support.

The charity has already received pledges of support from a number of popular faces, including Piers Morgan, Lorraine Kelly, Stavros Flatley, Ross King, Maryam Moshiri, Nicholas Owen, Max Clifford and Nathaniel Parker.

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