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Celebrities make May purple in support of stroke

Press Release   •   May 13, 2015 14:51 BST

Hollywood’s Stanley Tucci, Gavin & Stacey actress and writer Ruth Jones MBE, and BBC Chef Rachel Khoo are among a host of celebrities encouraging everyone to make May purple for the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month.

The charity’s annual Action on Stroke Month aims to raise awareness of stroke and celebrate the achievements of stroke survivors.

Ruth Jones said: “I can’t imagine how devastating it must be to experience a stroke. It affects so many people’s lives, and that’s why the work of the Stroke Association is so important. Making May purple in Action on Stroke Month is a brilliant way to show your support and raise funds to help stroke survivors conquer stroke.”

Rachel Khoo and Stanley Tucci, along with best-selling authors and cooks Hemsley and Hemsley, and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Bennett, have provided exclusive purple recipes for tempting purple goods to bake this May, including a berry swirl cheesecake and blueberry pie.

TV gardeners Christine Walkden and Chris Beardshaw have learnt their support by advising green-fingered fundraisers how to get planting for dazzling purple displays in the garden, while journalist, TV presenter and author Anna Richardson is taking on a purple challenge by pedalling her way across London as she takes part in the Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride on Sunday 10 May.

Rachel Khoo said: “I'm really delighted to be backing the Stroke Association's fab Action on Stroke Month when we can all make May purple for stroke. 

“I was shocked to learn that in the UK, someone somewhere has a stroke every three and a half minutes, and anyone can have a stroke including babies and children. That's why we all need to get behind this fantastic charity and wear, bake and plant all things purple this May. Together we can conquer stroke.”

There are a wealth of ways to make May purple for stroke, such as wearing it purple, planting it purple and baking it purple. Visit to find out more and get involved.

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