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​Battersea Park makes May purple for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   May 26, 2016 14:28 BST

The Stroke Association celebrated their annual awareness-raising month with a Make May Purple event in Battersea Park.

Each Tuesday during May 2016, the Stroke Association has teamed up with Thrive, a local gardening charity, to help raise awareness and offer local residents information on stroke.

On Tuesday 24 May 2016, the team from Thrive manned a kiosk which displayed and sold purple plants to help raise vital funds for the Stroke Association. Stroke Association staff and volunteers were also on hand offering free blood pressure checks, answer questions and provide information about stroke.

Michelle Gersh, Information advice and support coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “Make May Purple is an opportunity to show our support for everyone who has been affected by stroke. We’re incredible grateful to Thrive and everyone who has shown their support for Make May Purple in 2016. Whether you chose to bake it, wear it or plant it purple, the vital funds you raise will help us conquer stroke.”

The Stroke Association is calling on everyone to sign up to Make May Purple in 2016. During the month of May, the charity is raising awareness of the impact of stroke, and sharing information and advice on how to help prevent the condition across the country.

Ellen Swygart, Regional Centre Coordinator from Thrive said: ‘It has been great teaming up with the Stroke Association to raise awareness during May, the month event has enabled up to strengthen relationships and we hope to continue the great work we are doing with stroke survivors.’

Make May Purple is the Stroke Association’s annual awareness-raising month. To find out more, visit

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at