Skip to main content

​Gateshead Millennium Bridge lights up purple to celebrate Make May Purple

Press Release   •   May 03, 2016 12:22 BST

Gateshead Millennium Bridge shone brightly in purple on Sunday 01 May to launch the Stroke Association’s annual awareness month, Make May Purple.

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.

During the evening, local Stroke Association staff and volunteers posed in front of the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge as it lit up in purple to celebrate the month.

Peter Moore, Regional Director at the Stroke Association, said: “It was fantastic to see Gateshead Millennium Bridge turn purple to raise awareness of Make May Purple. We hope it will help put the spotlight on stroke.

“This year we’re calling the local community to get involved. Whether you chose to hold a bake sale, take part in an event or get sponsored to dye your hair, there are so many easy ways to show your support. It’s all about having fun, getting people talking about Make May Purple, and raising vital funds so that we can be there for more people affected by stroke.”

To find out more about this year’s Make May Purple and how you can get involved, please 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