Purple reigns on Hunstanton promenade

Stroke survivors, carers, family and friends start their sponsored walk along Hunstanton sea-front MLNF16PB05297 ANL-160525-174153001
Stroke survivors, carers, family and friends start their sponsored walk along Hunstanton sea-front MLNF16PB05297 ANL-160525-174153001

The colour purple was all the rage on Hunstanton sea front when more than 50 stroke survivors and supporters took part in a sponsored walk.

It was part of the National Stroke Association’s Stroke Awareness Month when supporters are encouraged to make ‘May purple’.

The event itself, organised by the West Norfolk Stroke Association, was called Step Out for Stroke.

More than one survivor, determined to show that a stroke was not the end of an active life, lifted themselves from their wheelchairs to walk the 800 metre course. One such was colourfully dressed couple, stroke survivor, Patricia Mobbs, helped by her daughter, Kim Debenham.

“We’re all purple because it’s the colour of our logo,” said East of England fund-raising assistant, Louise Everett. “We put on this event to publicise the campaign and raise funds. It’s one of 64 walks being held around the country, mainly during May.”

Although particularly active during May the West Norfolk Association works all year round to both promote a lifestyle that will minimise the chances of a stroke and to recognise the signs of those having an attack.

Members give talks at colleges and schools, hold events called Know Your Blood Pressure and promote their cause at the Sandringham Flower show.

Currently they are involved in a new campaign called New Era For Stroke. It’s a national campaign with people being asked to sign a petition demanding that the government provides better after-care for survivors when they leave hospital.