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Beat the winter blues with a ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ party for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Jan 07, 2016 15:20 GMT

The Stroke Association is inviting the UK to bring the sunshine back this winter and host a ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ party.

The charity is urging people to swap their winter wardrobe for sunglasses and flip flops, and throw a summer-themed party to raise vital funds for people affected by stroke.

Broadcaster Judith Chalmers has joined the call to banish the winter blues. She said: “If the winter months are getting you down, then why not welcome the summer back with a Bring Me Sunshine Party for the Stroke Association? I think it would be a very good way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends, fun, tropical food and perhaps the odd Hawaiian shirt.

“The Stroke Association does a wonderful job - it is such a devastating condition, as I know from having recently lost my dear sister suddenly to a stroke. I hope as many people as possible will throw a Bring Me Sunshine Party for the Stroke Association. The vital funds raised will help the charity give even more people sunny days.”

Jim Swindells, Director of Fundraising at the Stroke Association, said: “This winter, we’re looking forward to seeing bright, sunny spells all over the UK as people host Bring Me Sunshine parties. What better way to brighten up the winter than to invite friends, work colleagues and family over for some food, drink and summer sounds? You can help make an incredible difference to the lives of stroke survivors and their families.”

Bring Me Sunshine parties will be taking place throughout February 2016. To order your fundraising pack, 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