Walk Raises Money for Connect


David Robins is walking the South West Coastal Path to raise money for Connect and he needs your help.

David supports Connect because he knows we are cost-effective and we make a real, measurable difference to the lives of people with aphasia - including Robert Thorling, one of David's best friends.

Eight years ago David and Robert were on a skiing holiday when Robert suffered a massive stroke. He was just 48 years old and at the peak of his career. Robert had been a wonderful storyteller, but suddenly he had difficulty speaking and could no longer read, write or even understand what David said to him at times.

Robert received excellent care, including speech therapy to try to restore communication. He and his family believed that one day he would simply get better, but aphasia is not 'fixable'.

At Connect Robert participated in activities with other people with aphasia. He found the courage to go out on his own, to explore new interests. He learned to live with aphasia. Today Robert attends computer classes, concerts and exhibitions, and works as a volunteer with young people training to become speech therapists.

David is walking the South West Coastal Path to raise awareness of aphasia in Cornwall. Here Connect will soon launch a pilot project called Access to Life. This project will enhance all of the health, social care and community services available to people with aphasia throughout the county. Access to Life aims to prove how effective and affordable help can be offered to everyone living with aphasia in Britain today.

From 8th - 25th April David will walk 320 miles from Minehead to Falmouth. Will you help David raise money for Connect? Sponsor David's walk by logging on to www.justgiving.com/DavidRobins