Students at Stoke on Trent College will be painting the College Purple next month to raise awareness of Stroke’s in the young.

The youngsters have teamed up with the Stroke Association to Make May Purple.

As well as awareness days at both campus sites, regular messages will be posted on the College’s social media and screensavers to ensure the message is heard by all.

The month of events was launched today when the College’s health champions were briefed on the effects of Stroke’s and how to notice the first signs by the Stroke Association.

On hand to share his story was Gavin Yorke, aka Port Vale Mascot Boomer, who suffered a stroke a couple of years ago.

Enrichment coordinator at Stoke on Trent College, Roberta Fontaine, said: “This experience will help students to gain a valuable insight into the needs of those who have survived a stroke, which moving forwards they can adapt to help identify the needs of friends and family in similar situations. The next month will be a huge learning curve, but one that will remain with them in their chosen careers. It has been tremendously beneficial for the students in the past and being able to reach out and support the community is something they have thoroughly enjoyed. This year they are going 1 step further with their Purple T-shirts, posters and making everywhere Purple!”

The Stroke Association provides high quality, up to date information for stroke patients, their families and carers. Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. Most people affected are over 65, but they are becoming more common in young adults, accounting for approximately 25% and is the largest cause of complex disabilities.

Gemma Millward, Information Advice & Support Coordinator for the Stroke Association in Stoke on Trent, said: “We have always enjoyed working with staff and students at Stoke on Trent College. Our partnership with the college has not only created awareness over the years, enabling survivors to use the College facilities, but this year the students are becoming advocates of our Make May Purple campaign. We are really looking forward to working with the staff and students at Stoke on Trent College throughout the month to broaden our campaign message.”

Student Health champions were joined by College Staff, Gavin Yorke, Boomer and members of the Stroke Association. The College will be holding two awareness days throughout May on Tuesday 16th May at their Cauldon Campus and Thursday 18th May at Burslem. Stroke Association workers will be on hand to give advice and take Blood Pressure. The College will also be supporting the month with a series of facts everyday on their Social Media platforms.