Make May Purple for Stroke – May 2018

“Make May Purple for Stroke” is the Stroke Association’s awareness month in the UK.

A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ and happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off, which can cause damage or death to brain cells. The damage caused can have different effects on a person, depending on where it happens in your brain. It can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and talk.

As all strokes are different, the effects for some people may be minor and short-term. However, others may be left with more serious long-term problems which can make them dependent on other people. Sadly, not everyone survives a stroke – about 1 in 8 people die within 30 days of having a stroke. This is why it is so important to be able to recognise the symptoms, and get medical help straight away.

Make sure you know how to spot the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else.
Using the “FAST” test is the best way to do this.

  • Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
  • Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
  • Time: If you see any of these three signs, call 999 straight away.

Luto is proud to help promote the Stroke Association’s awareness month. This year, helping stroke survivors regain their independence couldn’t be easier. Wherever you are, all you have to do is wear purple – at work, school or at home. You can go as purple as you wish – whether it’s just wearing a purple shirt for work or dyeing your hair purple!

For more information about “Make May Purple for Stroke” and to receive your fundraising pack, please visit: https://www.stroke.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/make-may-purple

Wearing purple in May will really make a difference to stroke survivors. Please share this article to help raise awareness about how to spot the warning signs of a stroke and help save lives.