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Make May Purple to raise awareness of strokes

03 May 2018

May is the month that the Stroke Association campaign to Make May Purple for Stroke

Stroke awareness

Friends, families and communities are invited to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke with the Make May Purple campaign.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.

There are a number of reasons a person may have a stroke and they don’t just happen to adults or the elderly. 

Around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible. Using the FAST test is the best way to do this.

1.4 million people are surviving strokes at the moment and high profile TV personalities, such as Andrew Marr, have raised the profile of strokes and rehabilitation. Strokes are a major area of University research with one area using technology and data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of strokes across Greater Manchester.

To learn more about strokes and how you can support the campaign, visit:

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The Wellbeing Team always welcomes contributions from those who have been impacted by a stroke to the Wellbeing Blog via

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