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Edwyn Collins supports Connect

19 June 2008

Edwyn Collins, who has aphasia, is donating the profits of his latest single release to Connect

Edwyn Collins, former frontman of the group Orange Juice, is keen to raise awareness of aphasia. Edwyn had a cerebral haemorrhage in 2005 which left him with slow speech and difficulty expressing the words he is thinking.

Edwyn Collins supports Connect

Edwyn Collins at the launch of his new single

Grace Maxwell, Edwyn's wife, is all too aware of the profound effect aphasia can have not just on the person with aphasia but friends and family too.

Grace Maxwell raising awareness of aphasia

Grace Maxwell

'The sudden loss of the ability to communicate and in many cases to absorb and understand language, to read and to write, is shocking,' says Grace. 'Learning to deal with it, fighting to regain whatever your potential will allow, finding happiness again in this changed landscape, these are the challenges. Connect understands this, as they understand that no two people with aphasia are the same. Connect is a refuge for people with aphasia, but its work in raising public awareness matters too'.

Harry Clarke and Edwyn Collins

Harry Clarke (left) with Edwyn Collins

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'Until it happened to Edwyn, I had never heard of it. This fact now strikes me as ludicrous'.

Grace Maxwell, Edwyn's partner

Edwyn Collins raising awareness of aphasia