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organising your purple event

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So, you’re thinking of holding a Purple Day event for Epilepsy Society? But you’re feeling stuck on ideas for the big event? Don’t worry, our top tips below will help you to get your event planning underway and help you smash your fundraising targets for Purple Day 2018!

Purple Pyjama Party

We're encouraging as many of you as possible to hold a Purple Pyjama Party, however our tips below will help with any fundraising event.

Where shall I hold my event?

The first thing to decide is where your purple event is going to take place. Below are some ideas on where to hold your purple event:

  • At home
  • At school in your lunch break
  • In the office in your lunch break
  • At your local book club or meet up group

Where you choose to hold your event may help you decide the types of activities you want to hold.

When shall I hold my event?

Purple Day is on March 26 each year, however if you can’t hold your event that day, why not pick another time? Planning the event for a time that is convenient for your and your guests will mean that you will have more fun planning the event and more people at the event! The more people who can come along to support the better.

Who shall I invite?

Everyone! Some people may not have a personal story connected to epilepsy, but inviting a wide range of people means that your event can raise awareness about epilepsy, what we do, and how their generous donations can make a difference to the lives of those affected. The more people there, the more funds to be raised and fun to be had!

Of course, your event may have some restrictions; for example if you are holding your Pyjama Party at a school, it may be difficult to invite your family. However, putting up posters around school or your office and raising awareness of when and where your event is happening in advance will ensure that your message reaches as many people as possible.

Purple Pyjama Party

It's easy to do your own PR! Let your local newspaper know about your event. Just search for your local paper and find contact details for the editorial news team.

You can use our two press release templates to share your story with the press.

Press release to send out before the event

Press release to send out after the event

You can learn more about raising awareness of your event here.

Setting up an event on social media is also a great way to quickly invite a lot of people and share updates and information about the event, knowing they will be notified. You can also get an idea of how many people are planning on partying with you! For tips on how to set up a Facebook event, click here. You can also set up your event as a fundraiser on Facebook for Epilepsy Society, and people can donate through your fundraiser. Learn more here.

What do I need?

We’ve put together some purple party essentials for your event:

Epilepsy Society pin badge

What food shall I provide?

Depending on where you hold your event, you may wish to provide a traditional but delicious purple cake sale for your guests. You can bake cakes yourself and even ask your guests if they'd mind bringing along some delicious treats to raise money on the day.

Purple Day cupcakes

We have a range of purple recipes on our website for inspiration including Purple Day cupcakes and others such as purple juice and even purple houmous! Asking for a small donation in return for your snacks is delicious way to get fundraising at your event.

What activities can we do?

What’s a Purple Day party without some fun and games? Activities are a great way to have fun, and fundraise at your event. We have put together our party favourites for you to download and enjoy with your guests:

Purple Day DIY Selfie Props

  • Counting Sheepstake - place your baa-ts on our sweet sheep to raise money to support people affected by epilepsy

  • Purple Quiz - a hit in the office, our purple quiz will put your knowledge to the test! 

Purple quiz

Why not create some purple prizes for the winners? Our Spa in a Jar is a pampering treat that any Pyjama Party goer is sure to love!

DIY Spa in a Jar

If games aren't for you, our nourishing DIY purple facemask will add some pampering indulgence to your event.

Two girls wear Epilepsy Society t-shirts and purple facemasks

Help! I still feel stuck!

To speak to someone about your ideas for Purple Day, please contact our fundraising team on or call 01494 601 414. 

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A group of girls having their pyjama party

Have fun at your event and make sure to take lots of photos to send in to us via social media @epilepsysociety.

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If a purple pyjama party isn't for you we'd still love you to join us and fundraise for Purple Day in your own way.

If you'd like to speak to someone about other ways you can fundraise for Purple Day contact the fundraising team by emailing or call 01494 601414.