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26 March

OV Chris Tarrant’s Surprise Virtual Appearance at King’s & Stroke Awareness

On Friday 19th March, the King’s Music department held their Spring Open Mic Night.

Open Mics are a much looked forward to event at School. In non-covid times and in good weather they can be held outside in the beautiful surroundings of the School Gardens.  In the current climate and due to restrictions and year group bubbling, this recent event took place from the individual homes and gardens of all pupils taking part. What a fantastic evening it was, with soloists and bands bringing a wonderful mix of music to our living rooms, superbly put together and managed by the Music Department.

Each act was introduced by a member of staff. In an extra special twist, one act, Rosie, was introduced by a very special guest….none other than OV Chris Tarrant (Ch 60-64)! Chris introduced Rosie before she performed a wonderful version of ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta. We were so thrilled that Chris was a part of the night and it was a great surprise for all the pupils, staff, family and friends watching at home. You can watch the open mic night here and Chris appears at 18.48 minutes in.

OV Chris Tarrant on stool_Chris has also been speaking out this week about his experience of a stroke, the incredible research and work done by The Stroke Association and he has been encouraging others to help guide the future of stroke research and care by speaking up and being part of a new partnership and project being run by the Stroke Association.

Chris says “Six years ago, completely out of the blue, I had a sudden and life-changing stroke….research into stroke is severely underfunded. Just 1% of the total UK public and third sector health research spend goes towards stroke research.”

Chris remains eternally grateful to the Doctors, Nurses and Physiotherapists who helped him make a speedy and strong recovery. Within months he could work again.

He goes on to say “my recovery has been made possible thanks to stroke research, which continues to improve care and find new ways to rebuild lives. The Stroke Association has launched a unique opportunity for stroke survivors, like myself, and those who care for stroke survivors, both informally and as health and social care professionals, to have our say on the future of stroke research…. it’s vital that we come together and make our voices heard”

You can find out about the current work the Stroke Association is doing by clicking here .