A PEEBLESSHIRE site is one of more than 40 buildings and landmarks in Scotland which will turn purple later this month as part of a charity appeal.

Barony Castle will be lit purple on Sunday, March 26, Purple Day, to help raise awareness of epilepsy.

Epilepsy Scotland, the organisation behind the campaign, is inviting schools, communities and businesses to take part too by wearing purple this month to raise awareness.

Epilepsy Scotland’s chief executive Lesslie Young said: “We are delighted so many landmarks across Scotland will light up purple for Purple Day.

"These displays help us raise awareness of epilepsy with the aim of diminishing the social stigma that can surround it.

“Awareness days such as Purple Day are a great opportunity for people to learn more about epilepsy and to support our vital services, including our national helpline, wellbeing services, and information available through our website.

“We would really like to see people sharing photos of their own purple day activities as well as pictures of landmarks and buildings being lit up in their areas. It should be a fun day for all but with the aim of helping others."

According to the charity an estimated 58,000 people live with epilepsy in Scotland.

Purple Day was first founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Canadian Cassidy Megan.

The day aims to start conversations about the condition and remove the stigma attached to life with epilepsy.

For more information, or to get involved with Purple Day, visit: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk/purpleday or email fundraising@epilepsyscotland.org.uk