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​Les Dennis and Blackpool Tower help to Make May Purple for stroke

Press release   •   May 03, 2016 12:18 BST

Presenter, actor and comedian, Les Dennis, joined the Stroke Association on Sunday 01 May, as Blackpool Tower lit up in purple to launch the charity’s annual stroke 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.

To celebrate the launch, Les Dennis joined local stroke survivors, carers, Stroke Association staff, and volunteers as Blackpool Tower glowed purple.

Les Dennis said: “Stroke is such a cruel condition, and every step on the road to recovery is something to celebrate. That’s why I’m helping to Make May Purple for the Stroke Association and supporting the team as they light Blackpool Tower purple to kick start the month. I have very fond memories of performing in Blackpool, so it’s been wonderful to come back today and get involved with helping to raise awareness of stroke.”

Chris Larkin, Regional Director at the Stroke Association, said: “It’s been fantastic to see Blackpool Tower 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