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​Stroke choir brings sunshine to Stretford shoppers

Press Release   •   Feb 22, 2016 12:15 GMT

Kate Green MP and the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir teamed up to bring some sunshine to Stretford Mall on Saturday 20 February, as shoppers were treated to a colourful musical performance.

The charity choir, made up of stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and staff from Greater Manchester, surprised shoppers with an impromptu performance of Bring Me Sunshine, along with other summer themed songs.

The performance was organised by the Stroke Association to raise awareness of their new fundraising initiative, Bring Me Sunshine. Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston attended to meet the choir and show her support for the charity.

This February, 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.

Joyce Booth, Life After Stroke Coordinator at the Stroke Association and Chairman of the North West Community Choir, said, “This February, we’re looking forward to seeing bright, sunny spells all over the UK as people host Bring Me Sunshine parties. So we thought what better way to spread the word than a performance of Bring Me Sunshine for shoppers?

“We’re so thankful to Kate Green MP for showing her support. This event was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to have their own Bring Me Sunshine summer-themed party.”

Kate Green said: “It was great to listen to the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir, meet some of the choristers and learn about the Bring me Sunshine initiative.

“I really enjoyed the performance and would like to thank the Stroke Association for bringing sunshine to our community on what would have otherwise been a rainy February day!”

Gareth Wilkins, Stretford Mall Centre Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome Kate Green MP and the Stroke Association’s North West Community Choir to Stretford Mall this weekend. Our shoppers were thrilled to hear the choir singing in Stretford Mall and it was the highlight of our weekend. The Stroke Association is such a valuable cause and we were pleased to be able to join in and show our support.”

For more information about Bring Me Sunshine, visit The Stroke Association provides a Life After Stroke Service across Trafford, funded by Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group. To find out more contact 0161 962 5854 or email

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