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Stroke Association deserves backing

I am one of 35,000 people in Northern Ireland who has experienced stroke. Two years ago, as I was getting ready for the Ireland v South Africa rugby match in Dublin, I had a transient ischaemic attack, or mini-stroke.

With the right care and support, stroke doesn't have to change your life and I was back playing for Ulster just five months after my attack.

I'm backing the Stroke Association's Make May Purple campaign and I'd like to encourage your readers to join me.

Whatever you choose to do - whether it's holding a bake sale, wearing purple for the day or signing up for an event - it's easy to get involved and a great way to show your support for stroke survivors.

Please sign up for an action pack at, or contact the Stroke Association Northern Ireland by calling 028 9050 8021, or emailing


Ulster Rugby player

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