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West Country walk for aphasia sufferers

13th April 2006

A man has set off on a 320-mile walk around the West Country in a bid to raise funds for stroke victims, according to the Western Morning News.

David Robins is hoping to raise £18,500 for Connect - the Communication Disability Network, a small nationwide charity that helps stroke victims who have developed aphasia, which prevents them from understanding or using words.

The charity has initiated a three-year pilot scheme aimed at improving services in Cornwall for aphasia sufferers, which occurs when the brain's communication centre suffers damage.

Kate Mitchell, a speech and language therapist from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, told the newspaper: "David's walk is a great lead in to the launch of our Access to Life project and we really hope it achieves his ambition of raising awareness about aphasia.

Mr Robins, who learnt of the illness after a friend was struck down while on a skiing holiday, set off from Minehead in Somerset on Saturday and is aiming to arrive in Falmouth on April 25th.