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running the 2013 London Marathon for Action for Stammering Children because they give children the confidence to be heard

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  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2013, 21 Apr 2013

Action for Stammering Children

We provide specialist help and support to transform lives of children who stammer

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I have always had a stammer. When I was a young boy I could barely say two words without stammering. It was a daily struggle to make myself heard by peers and adults. It was a frustrating and often lonely place to be. Often I had so much to say but didn't dare open my mouth as I knew I wouldn't be able to get any words out. Thankfully with the help of a loving family, caring friends, and regular speech therapy I managed years later to fulfil my dream of becoming an actor. 

There is no quick fix for kids who stammer (I still have frustrating days even now with my stammer) but Action for Stammering Children helps children to live confidently with their stammers to achieve what they want to in their lives. Stammering doesn't get as much coverage as other charities to do with a child's development - such as sight and hearing - as it is widely perceived that stammering is only a momentary phase of a child's life that they grow out of. Believe me, I was lucky to get speech therapy when I was young otherwise I don't know how I would have coped. The Michael Palin Centre and their therapists provide an invaluable service for children who stammer and their parents. The therapy that ASC's provides gets kids on the right track to giving them the confidence to express themselves without fear. I have seen first hand the crucial work they do and am very excited to be raising money on their behalf. 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Thank you so much!

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