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Purple party planned to raise awareness of epilepsy

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After seeing the struggles epilepsy causes its sufferers, a business owner is opening her garden up for a fundraising event.

Samantha Carr-Pell, of Secret Garden Soirées, is hosting a purple-themed fun day at her home in Dry Doddington, where she hosts events in her garden.

The event is in aid of charity Epilepsy Action, which supports people affected by the illness on a daily basis, because her friend’s daughter and another friend’s grandson are affected by the condition.

Samantha Carr-Pell of Secret Garden Soirees, Dry Doddington, organising a Purple Day in aid of Epilepsy Action. 160320DD4-8
Samantha Carr-Pell of Secret Garden Soirees, Dry Doddington, organising a Purple Day in aid of Epilepsy Action. 160320DD4-8

“I have been doing some fundraising recently but I wanted to do something bigger, something that will raise money and also help local businesses in the community,” she said.

The purple day, due to take place on Saturday, March 28, at The Paddock on Claypole Lane, will see local businesses set up stalls to showcase their talents and products to visitors.

All are welcome to attend.

Secret soiree garden.
Secret soiree garden.

The fun day will also have a charity auction and raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses including hotel stays, afternoon teas and afternoon teas.

Samantha said: “Everyone has been so generous donating prizes to us, we’re so grateful that people want to help us.”

Other activities set to take place during the day include Easter egg hunts for children, face painting, a cake stand and pampering treatments, and a mobile bar will be in attendance ­— all with a purple theme.

At the time of going to press, the party is still planned to go ahead in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and Samantha is hoping the rural country setting will work in their favour.

“I know there’s a lot going on at the moment with the coronavirus, but we are right out in the countryside here so hopefully we will be safe to go ahead,” she said.

Any businesses interested in having a stall at the purple day should contact Samantha by emailing secretgardensoirees@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in buying raffle tickets ahead of the event can call Samantha on 07749 665562.

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