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​Sea Cadets of HMS Kelly Make May Purple to support the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   May 27, 2016 12:28 BST

The Sea Cadets of HMS Kelly are backing the Stroke Association’s annual awareness-raising month, Make May Purple, and posed wearing purple armbands to show their support.

The armbands were knitted by local stroke support group, Active Ladies in South Tyneside, to help raise funds throughout 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.

Petty Officer Towns from the Sea Cadets said: “A stroke can strike in an instant but its effects can last a lifetime. Many people struck down by the condition are left facing the most difficult time of their lives. That’s why we’re proud to support the incredible work the Stroke Association does to help people rebuild their lives.”

In the UK, stroke strikes every three and a half minutes and is one of the leading causes of disability.

Maria Wilkinson, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association liaised with the Sea Cadets to organise the event. Maria said: “Make May Purple is an opportunity to show our support for everyone who has been affected by stroke. This incredibly cruel condition strikes in an instant, and affects over 16,200 people living in the region.

“We’re urging everyone in the North East to get behind 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.”

To find out more about Make May Purple and to sign-up, 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