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The Stroke Association calls on South London to help conquer stroke

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2014 13:26 BST

Kings College Hospital and EastEnders’ actor Rudolph Walker joined forces with the Stroke Association and local stroke survivors on Wednesday 10 September to help conquer stroke.

The charity is supporting the International Communication Project (ICP) 2014, which aims to highlight the importance of human communication.

By signing up to the project’s online pledge, people can show their support to the millions of people around the world who have communication disorders, such as aphasia. This condition affects a third of all stroke survivors and alters people’s ability to communicate, whether it is speaking, reading, writing or understanding.

The Stroke Association welcomed Rudolph Walker to visit Kings College Hospital to meet with local stroke survivors and hospital staff. Rudolph, who plays Patrick in EastEnders is working on a hugely significant storyline, tackling strokes and their impact.

Michelle Dalmacio, Deputy Director at the Stroke Association in London, said: “Aphasia has a massive impact on stroke survivors’ lives. The communication disorder can limit people’s ability to participate fully in family life, their community, education and work. We hope everyone in South London will sign up to the ICP 2014 pledge to show their support to people all over the world who have a communication disorder. By helping to raise awareness, together we can conquer stroke.”

For more information about the International Communication Project 2014 (ICP 2014) visit

To sign the pledge, visit

For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at