A little girl of nine made a big effort to help fellow sufferers of epilepsy by holding a purple coffee morning at her home in Holbeach Hurn.
There was colourful support from her nan, Donna, and auntie Zoe, who both turned up on Saturday with their hair permanently dyed purple to fit in with Lara Quinn’s theme of the day.
The purple coffee morning raised just over £189, some £50 was donated on Lara’s Just Giving website page and there’s more to come from family friend Cassie McNamara, who threw down the gauntlet to Holbeach shoppers to pick a colour or colours for her to dye her hair.
Lara’s mum Nicky Crowley set the coffee morning date for national epilepsy awareness day and it may produce an unexpected spin-off for young carers who look after a sibling or adult with epilepsy.
Nicky is thinking of teaming up with another mum so they can find a way of allowing young carers some time off, where they don’t have to worry about a thing.
The Easter weekend proved to be a tough time for Lara after her baby sister, Alice, suffered a small cut when a ceramic bread bin was accidentally smashed on Friday.
Alice had to go to hospital, where her wound was sealed by Steri-Strips, but Lara’s worry brought on four epileptic seizures.
Nicky said all of the excitement of the purple coffee morning brought on another seizure on Saturday, which meant they called things to a halt by 1pm, and then Lara suffered four more on Sunday and three on Monday.
We revealed in mid-March that brave Lara enjoys rock climbing despite her epilepsy and also that her condition had led to bullying at one school. The youngster has switched to her old school, William Stukeley at Holbeach, where she is more settled and understood.