A FAMILY unit raised funds and awareness together of a life-threatening condition, after a family member fell into a coma and was ‘lucky to survive’.
Lara Hitchens, owner of Lara’s Creative Cakes, and her children Poppy and Luke Moore held a Purple Day in Uttoxeter Town Hall themed around the colour purple for epilepsy sufferers, inspired by her son Ben Moore’s struggle with epilepsy.
Mr Moore, of Mosley Drive, was left fighting for his life as a result of suffering epileptic seizures.
Ms Hitchens, of Ashbourne Road, said: “Purple Day was a success, a lot of people came in.
“It was amazing how many people came in to support us having seen the article in the paper.
“We met some people who also suffered from epilepsy who came in to speak to us.
“A lot of our regular customers supported our cause, and came in wearing purple.
“My daughter Poppy and son Luke came in to help out for the day and we all wore purple.
“We sold purple cakes, biscuits and sweets to raise the profile of the condition and raised £86.29.
“I’ve always wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for the charity and now I’ve got my own business this is the first chance I’ve had.
“We nearly lost Ben last year because of it, it has a huge effect on the family.
“As simple a thing as a can of beer can be the catalyst.
“It’s important people recognise the signs as it can be life-threatening.”
Jo Holgate said via Facebook: “My little boy and I came to the stall this morning and brought lots of lovely goodies, we had our arms full of bags.
“Everything looked too nice not to buy.”
Ben Moore said: “I think epilepsy is something more people need to be aware of.
“Most people don’t know the severity of the condition or know what to do.
“Last year I was lucky to survive after having a rare attack.
“I had quite a few seizures which put me into a coma.
“It’s something one in 10 people survive and it’s a rare thing to happen.
“I don’t remember anything, I woke up a few days later not knowing what had happened.”
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