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​Loughborough playwright helps to conquer stroke

Press release   •   Apr 07, 2016 10:46 BST

A Loughborough playwright has raised £2,135 for the Stroke Association after holding a night of new writing at the Y Theatre in Leicester.

Keith Large was inspired to organise the Conquer Stroke New Writing night on Sunday 20 March in support of the charity after several friends and family members had strokes. The show featured work by several Leicestershire writers and included two short plays written by Keith: The Garage and Under the Radar.

ITV Central Weather presenter, Lucy Kite, compered the evening, and joined Keith to present the Stroke Association with a cheque for the funds raised.

Keith said: “As a number of family members and friends have experienced strokes, I wanted to organise the event to raise funds for the Stroke Association and help others affected by the condition to get the support they need. The evening went by like a dream. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped make the event such a success.”

Joanne Burr, Fundraising Assistant at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Keith for supporting the Stroke Association. Without the efforts of fundraisers like Keith, we wouldn’t be able to support the 93,000 people in the East Midlands who are currently living with the devastating effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

For more information about stroke, visit or call the Helpline on 0303 3033 100.

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