Stroke Club Members

"It's live entertainment which we don't see much of",
Stroke Club Member
"“I want you here all the time. You make me happy and I never feel like this”",
Attendee at Cheverton Lodge Stroke Club
"He (the reader) makes us laugh",
Stroke Club Member
"Lots of places and people treat you like a leper. It's good to be with people (like InterAct readers) who treat you as ok",
Stroke Club Member
"“I want to thank you so much for this experience. It’s been liberating, I can’t thank you enough. The stories, the laughter, the way you put things across and make us all join in together. Wonderful”",
Attendee at Fairacres Stroke Club

Hospital Patients

"I want a story to take away the pain",
Kings College
"Poetry is good for the brain",
Princess Royal Hospital
"It's lovely the way you bring the stories alive",
"It's a bit of magic",
Royal Sussex
"These sessions are the thing I look forward to most",
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
"Thank you so much, really you don’t know what it means to me, I was so fed up.",
"You’ve got my brain buzzing",
"It's been like a lifeline. A breath of fresh air when I was feeling so low",
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
"You cheer people up. I can hear others laughing. It’s just what we need in here",
"How can you be sad when there are stories",
St Thomas'
"“It’s good to get the brain cells working”",
Patient from Bristol Southmead
"Thank you for getting me through a depressive blip",
Bucknall Rehab Unit
"That is better than four months medicine",
Charing Cross Hospital
"That cheered me up for the rest of the week",
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
"“Thank you for entertaining me, I’ve enjoyed your readings, it’s such a relief to have someone reading to me, thank you so much”",
Patient in Rotal Sussex Hospital, Brighton
"I think its wonderful - makes you realise you've still got your marbles!... I can't tell you how much I appreciate this",
Bucknall Rehab Unit
"Thank you so much. I feel uplifted by your words. I'm so grateful to you for the stimulation. You really fill a gap",
Dr Ian Douglas WIlson, former Editor of the Lancet Magazine, Whittington Hospital
"You make me feel better than the doctors",
"It's better than any medicine",
Royal Free
"Having a stroke is so lonely. It is such a shock, you need someone to keep your spirits up. Thank God for you and for the ministry of your stories. They keep me focused and keep my feet on the right path",
National Hospital
"Your readers inspired me to cheer up and persevere on recovery. Although still mildly aphasic, I can now read again, thanks to their caring inspiration during my long stay in the ward",
"“It’s given me something to live for”",
Patient from Kings Hospital
"I think the actors do more for people than the doctors do. You cheer people up and that's more important",
Whittington Hospital (From the daughter of a patient)
"Can I have this every day?",
Finchley Memorial
"Thank you for giving me human contact",
Whittington Hospital
"You make my week. It’s the best thing in the hospital, so entertaining",
"Marvellous, absolutely marvellous. Talking to you brings back so many memories",
"That is better than four months medicine",
"Your reading has really motivated me",
Patient, Lewisham Hospital
"It's like a medicine to have someone read to you and spend time with you",
Kings College
"You've changed my life, again",
National Hospital
"She is like a new woman... when the readers are with her she is the happiest she has ever been... it has been the best therapy",
Royal Free (son talking about his mother)
"“The doctors look at my symptoms and I feel their concern. My family look at what I’ve become and I feel their concern. But when you look at me as you read your stories and we talk; you see the me that I’ve always been because you look beyond my sickness, and that makes me feel better”",
Patient in Kings Hospital

Hospital Staff

"The therapeutic effect on patients is great, and the psychological effect is excellent",
Hospital Staff Member
"The service it brilliant.. it increases social interaction and reduces isolation, particularly with people who have communication difficulties",
Staff Member, Oldham Hospital
"Invaluable service that lets patients know they are still valued",
Hospital Staff Member
"It's stimulating and companionable for able patients and often soothing for patients with communication difficulties",
Hospital Staff Member
"InterAct gives people a social activity that breaks up their day. It benefits stroke patients with disabilities that make them unable to read and helps them improve language function",
Staff Member, St Pancras Hospital
"Improves mood of patients and facilitates therapy",
Hospital Staff Member
"Patients are stimulated and engaged for more of their day. Increased opportunities to practice interaction as well as engaging in activity that doesn’t put any pressure on them to speak",
Staff Member, St Thomas' Hospital
"The readings encourage attention and concentration with a functional activity. They also encourage language expression with a shared focus of attention",
Speech and Language Therapist, National Hospital
"An excellent service for our patients. It has become as essential as the other therapy services that we offer",
National Hospital, Nurse
"Great service which is hugely beneficial to patients",
Stroke Physician, Wythenshawe Hospital
"Patients, relatives, nurses, physios, occupational therapists and doctors enjoy your visits and hard work. Well done - keep it up!",
Hospital Staff Member