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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 to hear Sir Kenneth Branagh talk about Over The Wall 31st December 2017 07:55 and 21:25 4th January 2018 15:55 #R4Appeal

Tune in to BBCR4

to hear Sir Kenneth Branagh

Sunday 31st December 7.55am and 9.26pm

Thursday 4th January 3.27pm

talk about Over The Wall

Over The Wall on the airwaves!

Over The Wall is proud to announce that it has been selected to be the subject of a BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal, which will be presented by the leading actor and director, Kenneth Branagh.

As the patron of the charity, Kenneth will be the voice for Over The Wall’s national radio appeal, that will raise awareness of the charity’s free residential camps for children living with the challenges of serious illness.

The appeal will also tell the story of former camper Alex- who suffers from an extremely rare condition called Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD). This life-threatening illness has meant that Alex had missed out on so many of childhood’s precious moments such as playing outside, going on school trips and attending friends’ parties.

Having attended Over The Wall camps, Alex was able to forget his illness, participating in fun and challenging activities, experiencing what he described as ‘the best week of his life’.

Kenneth Branagh said: “It was my late friend, the philanthropist and actor, Paul Newman, that introduced me to Over The Wall. Now- as patron I am very proud to carry on his legacy. There are many thousands of seriously ill children in the UK who could benefit from Over The Wall’s camps, the aim of this appeal will be to firstly raise awareness of the wonderful work the charity does and secondly, to help raise the funds required for the critical medical supplies and resources needed at camp.”

Chief Executive of Over The Wall, Kevin Mathieson adds: “We are honoured that our patron Kenneth Branagh is presenting our appeal to the listeners of BBC Radio 4. Over The Wall camps are a truly life changing experience, and help every child to forget their illness, have fun and enjoy themselves. For us to have our story told nationally is a very exciting opportunity.”

The appeal is scheduled to broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (92.5 – 96.1 FM) on 31st December 2017 and again on 4th January 2018. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.