Alan Murray, MBE – Chair of Deaf Aspirations – used John Donne (1572-1631)’s quote for a Breakthrough London Focus newsletter when he was its editor in 1973.

“No Man is an Island” to flag up communication partnership between deaf and hearing people.

The length of his poem:

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.