Scone Palace illuminated itself in purple light this weekend to raise awareness of the condition fibromyalgia.
Passers-by would be forgiven for thinking their eyes were deceiving them, but the Palace did take on a purple hue on both Saturday and Sunday night to support Fibro Friends United (FFU) Scotland CIC, a non-profit social enterprise based in Ayrshire, with their colourful Fibro Week campaign which ran from 6th - 12th May across Scotland.
FFU-Scotland CIC, which provides education, support and advocacy services to people living with Fibromyalgia across Scotland, has been inviting people to join them in ‘lighting up Scotland purple' on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May to link in with International Fibromyalgia Day on 12th May.
Famous landmarks including the Kelpies have been supporting the campaign by lighting up purple alongside Scone Palace. FFU-Scotland CIC are also urging people in their own homes to take part, whether that's by placing a purple candle in the window or changing a garden light to help literally place a spotlight on the condition and the impact it has on people's lives.
With no known cure, Fibromyalgia affects the central nervous system and causes pain all over the body with over 200 symptoms and overlapping conditions. With 200-300,000 people diagnosed with the condition in Scotland, it can also cause an increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, sleep issues and problems with memory and concentration which is sometimes called ‘fibro-fog'.
After being approached by FFU-Scotland CIC to consider ‘going purple', the team at Scone Palace were more than happy to support their campaign to raise awareness of the condition. Stephen Brannigan, Head of Palace and Events at Scone Palace, said:
"Scone Palace is delighted to be able to support FFU-Scotland CIC's campaign to shine a purple light on fibromyalgia and how it affects those living with the condition. It was wonderful to see the palace walls illuminated this weekend in support of the campaign and we hope this will inspire people to learn more about the condition and support FFU-Scotland CIC's excellent work."
Scone Palace has an exciting and diverse range of events lined up throughout the summer months for visitors of all ages to enjoy, as well as the historic Palace itself and the spectacular surrounding grounds and gardens.
The historic visitor attraction is also getting ready for a trulypaw-some event at the end of June. Paws at the Palace, organised in partnership with Dog Friendly Perthshire, will feature a range of fun and games, parades of different breeds, agility classes and some four-legged demonstrations for dogs and their owners to enjoy. The all-day eventon Sunday 30thJune will also include food stalls, cool-down areas, and a host of stall holders selling doggy gear and gifts.
Scone Palace's summer season runs from Monday 1st April to Thursday 31st October 2019. During October, the Palace and grounds open at 10.00am, last admission at 4.00pm with the grounds closing at 5.45pm. From May to September, the Palace and grounds open at 9.30am.
For further details about the work of FFU-Scotland CIC visit https://www.facebook.com/fibroscotland/