A SOUTH Tyneside father who fights a daily battle with epilepsy is aiming to throw the condition into the spotlight.
Sean McDonagh was diagnosed at the age of 12 after suffering his first seizure at six years old.
For years, the father-of-three has tried to live as full a life as possible, despite being forced to give up work due to the condition.
Now, the assistant karate instructor hopes to throw epilepsy into the spotlight on Purple Day – a National Epilepsy Awareness Day today.
Mr McDonagh has persuaded council chiefs to bathe South Shields Town Hall in a purple light tonight to mark the event.
He is also encouraging as many people as possible to turn out on the steps of the town hall at 8pm, to show their support for those living with the condition.
For too long epilepsy has been a hidden illness, but it can have a huge impact on a person’s life.Sean McDonagh
Mr McDonagh, from Low Simonside, Jarrow, said: “For too long epilepsy has been a hidden illness, but it can have a huge impact on a person’s life.
“What I’m hoping to do is raise awareness of epilepsy, so people and employers have a better understanding of what people diagnosed with the condition go through.”
Coun Fay Cunningham, the Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “We were delighted to be able to help raise awareness for Purple Day by lighting South Shields Town Hall.
“It is wonderful to see our stunning Town Hall joining iconic buildings across the world to help highlight such a worthy cause.
“Hopefully its illumination will spark a conversation and get people talking about epilepsy.”