Make May Purple and Support Stroke Survivors

Make May Purple

Today marks the start of Stroke Awareness Month. Make May Purple is a campaign ran by the Stroke Association to raise awareness of stroke, and encourage people to show their support of stroke survivors.

Find out more about Make May Purple.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow supplying oxygen, glucose, and other substances to the brain is interrupted. Following a stroke some cells become damaged or die.

The brain controls everything we do and the effects of a stroke will vary considerably depending on the part of the brain affected, together with the size of the damaged area.

Find out more about strokes.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Strokes occur every 5 minutes in the UK. Learning the signs of stroke could save someone’s life.

Find out more about the symptoms of a stroke 

Support in your area

Hammersmith & Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham Stroke Recovery Service provides high quality information, practical advice and emotional support following a stroke.

They offer support to people both at home and in the wider community.

The service is available for stroke survivors (including TIAs/mini-strokes) of any age, and families and carers of people affected by stroke, living or registered to a GP in Hammersmith & Fulham.

For more information contact Sonia Timlett at or call 020 7385 6246


Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster

You can contact the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100, or email, and they may be able to put you in touch with alternative support.

Online information on strokes

The Stroke Association

Different Strokes – for younger survivors of stroke

ChelWest Stroke Prevention Leaflet