What is Make May Purple for stroke?

Make May Purple for stroke is our annual stroke awareness month that takes place every May. This year, we’re inviting our groups to host a Purple Tea Party at your meetings, so you can raise funds which could later provide a support group for stroke survivors or directly help the people who rely on your group.

With more donations and support from your community, you can support us in rebuilding even more lives after stroke. Because we believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke.

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Purple Tea Party

Whether you like a sweet treat or a savory bake with your cuppa, a tea party is a great place to catch up with people, and it’s also a really enjoyable way to meet your local community and raise funds for your group. 

Here are a few handy steps to hosting a Purple Tea Party:

  • Chose a date, time and venue.
  • Invite friends, family and community.
  • Put posters up so that more people know about your event (see ‘Keep it safe’ below).
  • Bake or buy scones, muffins, teacakes etc.
  • Make purple drinks such as purple tea, maybe blueberry, or blackcurrant squash.
  • Play the sweepstake and ask for donations (see ‘Keep it safe’ below).
  • Host your own raffle (see ‘Keep it safe’ below).
  • Share your Purple Tea Party photos on social media with the hashtag: #MakeMayPurple (remember to get photo consent), that way more people will know about your group and the great work you do. 

If you’ve got any questions, need some inspiration or help planning your event, get in touch with our supporter care team at supportercare@stroke.org.uk or call 0300 330 0740. We’re here to help.

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Keep it safe and legal


You could ask local businesses for donations and run a raffle to help raise even more funds for your group. If so, you will need to buy a set of tickets, charge the same price for all tickets and let people know when the draw will take place. For more up to date information on how to run a raffle and keep it legal, see the, see the Gambling Commission's advice


To keep everyone safe at your event, please check the Food Standards Agency guidelines on preparing, handling, cooking and storing food. 


If you are planning to take photos at your fundraising event, especially if you’re inviting members of the public, you will need to make attendees aware. In some cases, you might ask people to sign a waiver if you plan to use them after the event. You can also give people who don’t want their picture taken the chance to move to a part of the event where photos will not be taken. 


Make sure your event is properly and adequately supervised. Where children are involved, this includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Providing proper adult supervision.
  • Checking that the child’s parents/guardians have given their permission for their child to take part.
  • Carrying out appropriate background checks if adults are to have unsupervised access to children.
  • Consider what insurance cover you need for your event.

Adults looking after children should have carried out appropriate checks. See the Government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) information for more guidance.

Handling money

Raising funds on behalf of Stroke Association is key to your fundraising event being a success, but it is important you handle your fundraising correctly and legally. Some key considerations include:

  • Make sure that your poster and collection information states that money raised will go to your group to fund the activities you provide. This is very important to people donating to you, and is a legal requirement.  
  • Stay safe and aware when handling money; collect and count money in pairs, use secure containers and bank money as soon as possible. 
  • If you are confronted by someone demanding the money, do not put up a fight, hand them the money straight away and report the matter immediately to the police. 

Any money raised in the name of Stroke Association legally belongs to the charity once it has been donated. You are legally obliged to ensure the charity receives the money within a timely manner.

First Aid and Risk Assessing

Depending on the size of your event, you might need to consider having the appropriate First Aid support in place. You can get advice from St John’s Ambulance or the British Red Cross

To ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely, it is important you risk assess your event / activity and have proper plans in place for the safety of participants. We cannot accept any responsibility for your event, nor for anyone whom participates in it.

Things to consider when thinking about First Aid provision and risk assessing your event include but aren’t limited to:

  • The risk level of your type of event e.g. cake sales are very low risk but ‘higher’ risk events could include sport activities such as fun runs or bike rides .
  • How many people are likely to attend, including the age range of participants.
  • Location / venue, including the facilities and disabled access.
  • Considerations for poor weather conditions.
  • Experience of volunteers.
  • If you are moving or lifting heavy items make sure you are using proper lifting techniques. Check out the Health and Safety Executive for further advice.