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BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Tune in and listen to the great Bill Paterson present our charity appeal and share John Gorden's story. For one week, you will be able to donate online, through the post, or via the phone to the BBC Radio 4 team where 100% of donations will go towards InterAct Stroke Support. Please give whatever you can to help us continue our work supporting stroke survivors. You can hear our appeal on BBC Radio 4 on the 27th of September at 07:54am and 09:25pm and again on the 1st of October at 03:27pm. 


27th of September 

1st of October


07:54am and 09:25pm



BBC Radio 4 online

or 92-95 FM, 103-105 FM 

John Gordon's Story

Bill shares the story of John Gordon who was a stroke patient in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. He described InterAct’ visits as “lifting my depression and breaking the tedium of my life as a guest of the NHS”.


On one of their visits the InterAct actors had noticed some of John’s “scribblings”. They encouraged him to go on and write some poetry. “This was just the kick start my soggy mind needed” he says. John then concentrated his mind on creating poems ready for the actors next visit. But It didn’t stop there. Once discharged John had well and truly got the writing bug and his book “Popcorn” was published last year. 


John says “All credit to InterAct actors for using their skills to galvanise people like me.

“lifting my depression and breaking the tedium of my life as a guest of the NHS”

Stroke can affect anyone, of any age or background. A £30 donation would deliver our reading service to five individual patients. It costs £10,000 to deliver the work for a year. Your support will go to helping other stroke survivors like John.

At InterAct, we work in the Community, in Stroke Clubs and now with the use of technology, can provide interactive reading straight to the homes of stroke survivors.


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