We're delighted that the best and brightest names from the world of entertainment are helping us to Make May Purple. We'd like to thank each and every one of them.

Here they tell us why they're supporting our Make May Purple campaign.

Carol Smillie

"I am here to ask you to go Purple for Pounds this May. Every penny raised will help the Stroke Association help stroke survivors get their lives back on track. It's really easy. All you have to do is wear purple and raise money. It could be as simple as hosting a purple party, or getting sponsored to wear purple for a whole week. My mum died suddenly from a stroke and I would do anything to have her back with me now."

Victoria Yeates

"I’ll be sporting purple throughout May and I’m urging you all to wear purple too. My Mum had a stroke and I know how frightening and isolating this can be for both the stroke survivor and their loved ones. But the Stroke Association is there for everyone who has been affected by stroke – they provide support and also fund research. But they need money to do it. Please Go Purple for Pounds."

Sherrie Hewson

"When stroke strikes, it takes you completely by surprise and in a blink turns your life upside down. My dad had a stroke and our family hasn’t been the same since. While people increasingly understand the risks of cancer and heart disease, stroke has remained largely forgotten or ignored. The fact is stroke is closer than most people think. 

"That’s why I am joining forces with the Stroke Association and urging you to get involved in Make May Purple for Stroke. With your help, the charity can continue to raise much needed awareness and to support people whose lives have been devastated by stroke."

Dr James Logan

"Experiencing the effects of my grandmother’s stroke made me realise how life changing and devastating it can be. Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Scotland and the leading cause of disability.

"The Stroke Association needs your help with its annual Make May Purple for Stroke month to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds for its work supporting stroke survivors. Please join us during the month by doing something purple – dress in purple, bake purple etc. You can make a difference and together we can conquer stroke!"

Hayley Tamaddon

"Stroke is cruel. It changes family life in an instant, including mine. The Stroke Association supports survivors and their families to rebuild their life after stroke. The charity also funds vital research thanks to your support. I'm proud to support Make May Purple for Stroke. So join us and get in the purple spirit with your family and friends to raise funds and awareness and together we can conquer stroke."

Sian Lloyd

"Across Wales, stroke survivors and their carers are living with a lifetime of disability. Help, advice and encouragement from those around you is so important. So I’m very proud to say that I’m backing Make May Purple for the Stroke Association. Please get involved, show your support, and together we can conquer stroke."

Jessie J

"Most people think that stroke only happens to older people. Well I'm proof that it doesn't. In fact a quarter of strokes occur in people of working age. We're survivors and that's why I'm proud to support the Stroke Association's Make May Purple for Stroke. Come and join us and together we can conquer stroke."

Amanda Lamb

"I am very proud to help the Stroke Association to Make May Purple for stroke. Unfortunately I know only too well how cruel and devastating a condition stroke can be. The scary truth is that stroke can happen to anyone at any time - it's a lot closer than most people think.

"We need your help so that stroke gets the attention it deserves. Let’s all go purple this May and raise lots of money so that this brilliant charity can continue its vital work, supporting people affected by stroke. Together, we can and will conquer stroke."

Shelley King

"My mother sadly had a fatal stroke and as a family, we know the heartache and misery that this condition brings. We’ve been robbed of a loving mother and grandmother and that’s why I’m supporting the Stroke Association’s Make May Purple for stroke.

"Stroke is frighteningly more common than people think. There are 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK. I was surprised to find out that people who have their origins from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are more likely to have a stroke than white people at a younger age. So please do what you can and help to raise much-needed funds for the Stroke Association. Doing it together, we can conquer stroke."

Mel Giedroyc

"We may not all be blessed with violet eyes, like Dame Elizabeth Taylor, but there's lots of wonderful ways in which we can Make May Purple for Stroke. It is essential we all realise that stroke can strike unexpectedly and can happen to any of us. This is why I am encouraging everyone to go purple for the Stroke Association in May and help raise awareness for this under-resourced and very deserving cause. Join me and thousands of others, and together we can conquer stroke."

Shobna Gulati

"I found out that people from South Asian backgrounds, like me, are twice as likely to have a stroke at a younger age. 

"The Stroke Association supports survivors and their families from all cultural backgrounds to rebuild their lives after stroke. But this fantastic charity needs our help. So join us and get in the purple spirit while raising vital funds and awareness for them. Together we can conquer stroke."

Sally Lindsay

"Too many people still wrongly believe that stroke only affects older people. The scary truth is can affect anyone at any age, at any time. It’s a devastating condition that happens in an instant but changes lives forever.

"We all need to change the way we think about stroke. I am helping the Stroke Association Make May Purple for Stroke. Join me and let’s all go purple for this fantastic charity and raise much needed funds for their work. They invest in stroke research that is saving lives and support people to have a life after stroke."

Julie Hesmondhalgh

"Although it’s one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of disability, far too many people don’t understand stroke or ever think it’ll happen to them. The Stroke Association has been at the forefront of stroke research that’s making a real and positive impact on people’s lives. This charity is helping stroke survivors and their families to deal with the emotional and practical impact of stroke. 

"Having a stroke is bad enough. Being written off is worse. That’s why I am joining forces with the Stroke Association and urging you to get involved in Make May Purple for stroke. The charity is changing the world for people affected by stroke and needs our help. So join us, go purple, have fun and raise loads of money so that together we can conquer stroke."

Gloria Hunniford

"My family life has been affected enormously by strokes. My father sadly died of a stroke, having had a number of them before the final one. Fortunately, when my husband Stephen had a stroke I recognised the symptoms quickly and I got him to a hospital immediately. He was able to have a clot-busting injection which probably saved his life and definitely prevented long term effects.

"There are more than 35,000 people in Northern Ireland living with the long-term effects of stroke. That's why I am urging you to support The Stroke Association's Make May Purple campaign, to raise much-needed awareness and funds for this marvellous charity, supporting survivors and funding vital research."

Zoe Wannamaker

"I am delighted to be supporting The Stroke Association’s awareness month, Make May Purple for stroke. I had no idea that stroke kills twice as many women in the UK each year than breast cancer. It’s a shocking figure but a little-known fact and a very good reason for us to change the way we think about stroke. That’s why I am urging you to grab your friends and family and make, bake, or wear all things purple to raise much-needed awareness and funds for the charity. Let’s give stroke the attention it deserves."

Sophie Thompson

"I know from personal experience how devastating strokes can be to family life. That’s why I’m lending my support to the Stroke Association's wonderful Make May Purple campaign. Make sure you get all your pals to sponsor you as you wear purple to work, school, wherever."

Rhod Gilbert

"When my arm began to shake uncontrollably, it was scary. I hadn’t thought much about stroke before and it did give me a fright, even though the doctors say everything is fine now. It’s important that people get to hospital straight away if they’re at all worried. I’m really glad to be supporting the Stroke Association at my Machfest gig as part of Make May Purple."

Miriam Margolyes

"Please join me in taking part in the Stroke Association's Make May Purple campaign. What you have to do is get your friends to sponsor you to wear purple right through May. The whole world needs to be purple in May! With the sponsorship money we can conquer stroke together. Thank you very much."