Simon Breeds, right, who organised Purple Day activities for Uckfield schools yesterday. He is pictured with Liam Ridley who helped run events.

Uckfield schools take part in epilepsy fund-raising day

Manor, Rocks Park and St Philip’s primary schools took part in a Purple Day event yesterday to raise funds and awareness about epilepsy.

Sports sessions were organised at Manor school by football coach Simon Breeds, who has epilepsy himself, with support from Liam Ridley.

Simon wanted to inspire children showing them that no matter what condition they might have they can still be involved in sporting activities.

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Key Stage 1 children from Manor, Rocks Park, and St Philip’s primary schools ready to take part in a Purple Day sports session yesterday.

He had an operation last year designed to ease his epilepsy which had become life-threatening. It is too soon to know how effective it has been but he is back at work with Adult Social Service and running football coaching sessions, for children aged two years upwards, again.

He was delighted that the schools joined in with the fun games and team building event yesterday and that his colleagues organised a cake sale for Purple Day. A fund-raising penalty shoot-out is to be held on the 3G pitch at Uckfield College on Friday evening too.

Simon told Uckfield News: “It is very important for children to know that whatever condition they have they can still go out there and get involved. I’d like all of them to be inspired and join me in showing the world they can do it.”

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Key Stage 2 children line up for a photograph at the end of their Purple Day sports event to raise funds for, and awareness of, epilepsy.

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