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03/06/2019

McGee made May purple for The Stroke Association!

Last month, hundreds of staff at McGee took part in The Stroke Association’s fundraising campaign, Make May Purple.

The buy-in, enthusiasm, and generosity from everyone on site and in the office was incredible.

Project sites across the Capital including Admiralty Arch, Euston Station and Sampson House turned purple in support of the campaign with site teams swapping their yellow hi-vis for purple ones and hosting tasty bake sales.

McGee’s offices in Hatfields and Wembley also got involved with staff dressing in purple, taking part in office quizzes and delving into a feast of home-baked goods.

McGee’s very own Stroke Association tipper lorry also put in an appearance at several events for a perfect purple photo opportunity!

Through support for the 2019 Make May Purple campaign, McGee staff raised more than £1,600 – Every penny going straight to The Stroke Association to help support the services they offer and funding invaluable research to help beat stroke.

Make May Purple for stroke is the charity’s annual stroke awareness month, taking place every May.

Rebecca Broad, Regional Fundraiser at The Stroke Association, said:

“It has been fantastic to see how hard everyone at McGee has worked on their wonderful Make May Purple events across the various sites in London. We are so grateful for all of their continued support and we are so excited to continue our work with McGee in rebuilding lives after Stroke.”

Earlier this year, McGee announced The Stroke Association as its Charity of the Year 2019 in the year McGee is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  Since then, a whole host of events have been taking place across its offices and sites to help raise awareness of stroke as well as vital funds.

One in seven people in the UK are diagnosed as having high blood pressure.  For every 10 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke that we can control and can affect people of all ages and lifestyles, yet it often has no symptoms.  Because of this fact, McGee has invited The Stroke Association to deliver stroke awareness talks to staff, providing the chance for blood pressures to be quickly checked.  Through this initiative, one hundred McGee employees have had their blood pressure checked to date.

Other fundraising events this year have involved staff tackling The London Marathon and Resolution Run, with these events combined raising a remarkable £7,120!

McGee still has plenty of other fundraising events in store before the year is out.

Stroke strikes every five minutes and destroys lives. McGee’s efforts this year are helping to rebuild them.

For more information about The Stroke Association, please visit www.stroke.org.uk