Radio 4 Appeal is one step closer to broadcast

Matthew Bannister at Radio 4

Closeted in a soundproofed studio in front of a microphone at New Broadcasting House in central London, broadcaster Matthew Bannister has recorded the Radio 4 Appeal asking for support for the MND Association from the station’s listeners.

Matthew, a regular presenter on the station and former controller of BBC Radio 1, shared his personal MND story to encourage listeners to donate funds to the Association.

In the appeal, which will be broadcast at 7.55am and 9.25pm on Sunday 22 March and repeated at 3.27pm on Thursday 26 March, Matthew tells how his father Neville, died of the disease and how his mother Olga dedicated the next 17 years of her life to supporting other people affected by MND.

He also talks of the hope which research is bringing, focusing on the work of Professor Nigel Leigh who is investigating whether a cancer drug could be repurposed to slow the progression of the disease.

Matthew explained why he had agreed to front the appeal saying:

“I have got involved to try to draw attention to the progress being made and attract funding for it… it means an enormous amount to me.”

Donate to the appeal on the following link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000glnp.

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