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Walkers paint town purple to raise stroke awareness in Bromsgrove

Updated: 10:56 am, May 07, 2015

BROMSGROVE will be turned purple on Thursday (April 30) when a walking relay is held to raise awareness of stroke.

The event, which will begin at 11am, has been organised by staff and volunteers from the town’s Life After Stroke Centre.

Participants, dressed in purple, will walk from the centre in Church Lane to Bromsgrove High Street.

The event is also being held ahead of the charity’s Action on Stroke Month – that begins next Friday (May 1) and contines throughout May.

Johanne Hughes, Life after Stroke Centre coordinator, said: “For Action on Stroke Month 2015, we are aiming to make not only May but Bromsgrove purple for stroke.

“In Action on Stroke Month, communities are being encouraged to come together for a range of events and activities throughout May to help us to conquer stroke.”

She added everyone at the centre wanted to make sure as many people as possible knew how to recognise the signs of stroke and how to act FAST to save a life.

The FAST Test identifies the three most common symptoms of a stroke or mini-stroke and the right action to take:

Face – Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

Arm – Weakness? Can the person raise both arms?

Speech problems? Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time – to call 999.

Those wanting to take part in the relay are asked to where purple and need to be at the Life After Stroke Centre for 10.15am to register.

Purple Stroke Association t-shirts are available from the centre for a small donation.

E-mail Johanne.Hughes@stroke.org.uk or call her on 01527 903718 for more about the relay.

To find out more about stroke, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

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