THREE Northwich youngsters living with epilepsy have starred in a new video promoting the fight against the condition.

Siblings Jenson, William and Darcie King, aged seven, five, and four, are the face of this year’s Purple Day campaign for charity Epilepsy Action.

The trio joined others across the country to bravely talk about their experiences of the condition, and how it impacts upon their day-to-day lives.

One in every 240 children in the UK will be diagnosed with epilepsy – one of the most common neurological conditions worldwide with around 600,000 living with it in the UK.

Jenson, William and Darcie all featured in the Purple Day video, which has been widely shared in a bid to raise awareness.

Rachael King, mum to Jenson, William and Darcie said the family felt ‘honoured’ to take part. She and husband Ben – as well as the children – were able to share experiences with families on set in similar positions.

She said: “I think it’s really important for the children to talk about their epilepsy – not only to raise awareness of the condition and what to do if they have a seizure but also so they can share their experiences in a positive way and be proud of how strong they are.

“I don’t want their epilepsy to ever hold them back through childhood or anything they want to do in life.

“By sharing their journey from an early age it will hopefully make more people aware of the condition and get support from friends – putting an end to any misconceptions and prejudice about the condition.”

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. A seizure happens when there is a sudden burst of intense electrical activity in the brain.

There are many different types of epileptic seizures, and these can affect people differently such as having strange sensations, movements that can’t be controlled, and falling to the floor and shaking.

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Jenson has absence seizures on a regular basis, as well as tonic clonic, focal and atonic seizures.

William not only has absence, partial and tonic clonic seizures but also pica, an eating disorder which makes him crave non-food substances. This means he needs constant support and supervision.

Their sister Darcie was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. She has episodes where she goes vacant and experiences partial episodes where she shakes.

Epilepsy Action chief executive Philip Lee said: “Finding out you have epilepsy is scary at any age. For young children, it can be terrifying.

“This Purple Day, Epilepsy Action wants to help children and their families to learn more about epilepsy, let them know they’re not alone and give them the confidence to deal with their diagnosis.

“We also know that it can be very hard for children to put into words their epilepsy and how it affects them.”