Young St Albans band Purple Day to perform on Epilepsy awareness day for their brother
A band made up of three brothers is to perform on an international awareness day to raise money for the centre that helps to care for their oldest sibling.
Purple Day, who won St Albans Got Talent last year, is made up of 10-year-old Zach Pile, Finn Pile, 13, and Josh Pile, 16, who have previously raised money for charity with their single in aid of a UN Refugee charity.
But their next fundraising venture is a little closer to home, with the trio raising valuable money for St Elizabeth’s Centre, a facility that provides accommodation for people suffering with Epilepsy,
Their oldest brother Luke, 18, was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was six and needs round-the-clock supervision as he could have a seizure at any time.
He recently moved to St Elizabeth’s in Hertfordshire, the only centre of its type, where he has his independence but the family are safe in the knowledge he is receiving the support he needs.
To raise money, the boys will be performing at the Blacksmith Arms in St Albans city centre on March 26, internationally known as epilepsy awareness day.
Mum Beccy Pile, 43, who lives in the Highfield area of St Albans, said: “They’ve been young carers all their life. We all look after him and the boys wanted to feel like they’re doing something to support him now he’s left home.
“At home we felt that we were constantly watching him. Zach from the age of four could tell you every type of seizure. That’s what they grew up with, it’s what they know, and they wanted to raise awareness.”
The boys will be performing in the yurt at the pub, which was provided free of charge, and hope to raise as much as possible for the charity.
Beccy added: “It’s an hour or so of really, really, good music, They are genuinely very good, and I’m not just saying that because I’m their mum!
“It’s a selection of covers of stuff that people of all ages will know mixed in with some original songs.
“It will have a real festival and a great starter gig if families want to bring children along.”
Entry is free but there is a suggested donation of £5 if you do attend.