September 26th, 2016

Firewalking fund-raiser sees more than £7,000 raised as the town gets ready to Make May Purple

Updated: 2:46 pm, May 04, 2016

PARTICIPANTS who braved a daring firewalk in Bromsgrove raised more than £7,200 for the Stroke Association.

The event took place at the town’s Life After Stroke Centre – the first of its kind in the country – last Thursday (April 21).

After receiving full training, the fund-raisers walked across 20ft of wood embers which will be burning of temperatures of 1,300°F.

Among those taking part were South Bromsgrove High School deputy headteacher Chris Smith who was inspired to undertake the feat by one of the pupils who he discovered had battled back after suffering a stroke as a baby.

There was also a guest appearance from Dave Hill from legendary rock band Slade who showed his support at the event for the cause.

The organisers hailed the event a great success and, following that, the attention now turns to the ‘Make May Purple’ for the Stroke Association.

To raise funds and awareness for The Stroke Association, residents are being urged to organise purple-themed events throughout this month.

Participants can plant purple plants, such as Lilac, Alliums, Lavender, Pansies, Love-in the-Mist, Peonies, Iris, Primula and late flowering Tulips – all are in bloom during May.

You could even have a go at growing purple fruit and vegetables, such as blackberries, plums, aubergine, red cabbage, beetroot, purple spouting broccoli and red onions.

Or you could host a purple-themed garden party with bunting and home-made cakes, getting people to donate at the event or buy the baked items.

Another idea is for people to organise a ‘wear it purple’ day whereby everyone in their school, church, workplace, shop, office, business or other organisation dons something purple – from coats and hats to wigs and sunglasses, just pile on the purple.

Those who are inspired and are on social media are also being urged to post their purple plans and photos on Twitter – @TheStrokeAssoc – using the hashtag #MakeMayPurple and #StrokeMonth

There is also a Facebook gallery you can upload your pictures to at

For your very own action pack, visit

Visit for more information on donating to the cause.

Or go to for more on The Stroke Association.