PURPLE pioneers are showing their support for people suffering from a potentially fatal condition.

Dennise Crighton from Gourock is part of a six-strong team of students from Glasgow Caledonian University who are raising money for Epilepsy Scotland - a charity which campaigns for improved healthcare, better information and an end to stigma for people with the condition.

The 27-year-old of Castle Gardens, who is in her second year of an international event management course, is organising an online auction for the organisation.

Dennise, the team's PR and marketing manager, told the Tele: "Michelle, our project manager on the team, wanted to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland because a family member of hers had epilepsy and passed away after suffering from a seizure.

"It's good to promote Epilepsy Scotland as I don't feel that they have as much publicity as other charities and are not spoken about as much.

"People don't realise how serious it can be and the fact that you can be diagnosed at any age.

"So I was happy to help promote the charity."

Dennise and her teammates were originally planning to host a charity ball but due to the coronavirus, they cancelled the event and went for the online auction instead.

She said: "We apologise to all our customers who were looking forward to it, and we want to reassure them that all who bought tickets will receive a full refund.

"Whilst this is very sad, it is best for everyone's health and safety during these uncertain times."

Some of the auction prizes include two return tickets to fly with Loganair and a tour round Ibrox Park.

After graduating Dennise hopes to work in events management abroad.

She spent five years travelling abroad and says it whetted her appetite.

Dennise said: "I lived in Australia for two years as well as Indonesia, Bali, Thailand, France, Austria and did two seasons in Majorca.

"It was amazing, it really opened my eyes to the world, there's so many countries and so many cultures.

"I've got friends from all over the world and my family live abroad too."

Anyone who would like to support Dennise and her team's epilepsy effort is asked to email commongoodeventscompany@gmail.com