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I'm Running the London Marathon 2018 for British Stammering Association because I want to raise funds and awareness for them

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  • Event: London Marathon 2018, 22 Apr 2018

British Stammering Association

We provide information and support to improve the lives of people who stammer

Charity Registration No. 1089967, Scotland SC038866

Story

On April 22nd I am running the London Marathon for The British and Doncaster Stammering Association. They are a charity that is close to my heart as I have a stammer myself. I’ve been given this once in a lifetime opportunity to run a London Marathon, something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a young lad. The BSA are a charity that help and advise adults & children who stammer, they also offer advice to parents, teachers, companies and other organisations. The BSA promotes awareness by offering advice, information & support for all those whose lives are affected by Stammering.

I myself have had a stammer since I was able to talk and over the years growing up I’ve struggled with my speech, it was only when I got into my late 20’s I found I was really struggling. It was stopping me doing everyday things, such as ordering a coffee, asking shop assistants questions, it even made my working life and close relationships hard, the final straw was not being able to say my wedding vows and speech as I really wanted to, I felt like I had failed. All this and more made me want to seek help.

After searching I found a group called The Doncaster Stammering Association on Facebook. Through this group I was given the help & support I wanted, I was also referred to a speech therapist that most certainly changed my life. Since joining the group, using the BSA resources and receiving speech therapy I’ve gained much needed confidence, found my voice, learnt excellent communication skills but most of all I’ve made new friends along the way.

All the funds I raise will go direct to the BSA, anything you can give, as little or as much as possible, it is very much appreciated.

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