Stambourne girl raises awareness of epilepsy

Holly Haywood's Purple Day cake stall at Barnardiston Hall
Holly Haywood's Purple Day cake stall at Barnardiston Hall

A young girl with epilepsy, who was hospitalised in 2014 after having ‘uncontrolled seizures’, has been helping others understand the condition.

Eleven-year-old Holly Haywood, from Stambourne, has been raising the profile of epilepsy ahead of Purple Day on March 26, an international day for raising awareness.

Holly Haywood

Holly Haywood

On Friday the Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School pupil gave a presentation to her peers in assembly and organised a sponsored four-hour dance-a-thon.

She also ran a cake and merchandise stall at the school on Monday and organised a Purple Day where staff and pupils paid £1 to dress up.

Her efforts have already raised almost £1,400 for the Epilepsy Society.

Holly’s mother, Becky, said: “We are very proud of Holly. It was all her idea to support Purple Day and Epilepsy Society and she planned the fund-raising day at school and her dance-a-thon herself.

“She spoke to her headmaster and asked if she could host Purple Day at Barnardiston Hall and give a talk in assembly and the school has been hugely supportive.”

“She has always been very positive about her condition and never let it stop her doing things she has wanted to do,” she added.

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