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... stammering is repeating words, repeating sounds, stretching sounds or getting stuck on a word

Fundraising Events

Herne Bay to Margate "Fun Run"

A huge thank you to the Holness family and all their friends for their magnificent fundraising!

Lucie, Sam and Nick arranged a sponsored Walk, Run, Jog or Cycle on May 4th to raise funds for our work at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London.  The 13 mile route they chose started at Herne Bay Clock tower at 10am and took in the Viking Coastal trail with its beautiful sea views, finishing at Margate.

Twenty brave individuals took part with 6 running and the remaining 14 on their bikes!  The weather was very kind and everyone was able to enjoy the summer sunshine.

Sam, Lucie’s mum, was quoted in her local newspaper as saying;

“My daughter has been lucky enough to have been going to the Centre for a year now and has just finished.  So it’s our way of saying thank you!”

As the picture shows, last Friday saw Lucie present the results of all her family’s hard work - a cheque for over £1,000, to Michael Palin Centre therapist Sarah Wheeler!

We cannot thank everyone enough.  It is only through such generosity that we are able to continue to provide the very special support that continues to help children, young people and their families. 

Thank you to the Holness family!



A tasty fundraising event!

We recently had a wonderful visit from a very talented, budding young entrepreneur at the Michael Palin Centre in London.

Ozair is pictured here in action at his special, fundraising ‘Samosa and Puff Sale’ held in his school lobby.  

With a ‘little’ help from his mother,  Ozair offered a range  of delicious samosas including chicken, minced meat, vegetarian, spicy potato and cheese along with a selection of chicken and vegetarian puffs. 

Not satisfied with just having the sale in the school Ozair had been very, very busy…….

-          Circulating full colour, two page menus around the school
-          Providing pre-order forms to all class teachers and to the reception team
-          Making extra portions to be frozen to allow people to heat them at home
-          Organising a raffle with the prize of free samosas and puffs to 3 lucky winners
-          Producing recipes to allow, for a small donation, the option of a little home cooking

….. and all of this carefully recorded on a spread sheet to ensure every detail was effectively managed. 

On behalf of the charity, the team at the Michael Palin Centre and all the children that your fundraising will help, a huge thank you to everyone involved.  To the Southbank International School for their support, to everyone who cooked, who placed an order, who supported this great event in anyway but especially to Ozair, for being the driving force that made it all happen.

What a superstar!!


Devizes to Westminster Marathon Canoe Race collects hard earned donations for ASC

Patrick Thomas , along with fellow paddler Phil Cazenove, have completed the gruelling kayak marathon from Devizes to Westminster  in aid of ASC. They continue a tradition started in 2003 by Michael Palin Centre retiree Willie Botterill’s son, Harry, and followed by her nephew Jamie Thomas  in 2008 and now her nephew Patrick.

The 125 mile kayak and canoe race from the Wiltshire town of Devizes to Westminster Bridge, opposite the House of Parliament in central London, has been held annually since 1948 and includes a gruelling 77 portages where the kayak must be taken out of the water and physically carried around canal and river locks.

Patrick and Phil have collected in excess of £1500 for the charity through their gallant efforts in a race that had them tackling freezing weather conditions and biting North Easterly winds that forced nearly half of the 200 competitors to withdraw before the start, or retire before the finish. Temperatures during the race fell so dramatically that, towards dawn and nearing the start of the tideway section at Teddington, they, and the boat, were covered in ice and the water in their backpacks was frozen solid!

Two miles from the finish, under Putney Bridge, our heroes suffered a dramatic capsize as they were swamped by the wash from two passing boats. Luckily, thanks to help from a safety launch crew, they made it to the shore, bailed out the boat and were back in the race in no time, but soaked to the skin, chilled to the bone and in danger of hypothermia.

At 9.30am on Easter Sunday morning, they crossed the finish line to the cheers of a jubilant crowd of onlookers and equally exhausted support crews, and rushed straight into the care of the awaiting St John’s Ambulance crew. Once back up to temperature they were thrilled to have both completed the course and to have finished in 40th place, in 23 hours  54 minutes and 44 seconds just  within their target time of 24 hours.

What an achievement!

You can find out a little more and still donate to support Patrick and Phil’s valiant efforts by clicking on http://www.justgiving.com/paddythomas.


Shhh! Sponsored silence in aid of ASC

Lewis and Michael

Lewis has raised over £1000 for the Charity by doing a sponsored silence at his school. He attended an intensive group therapy course at The Michael Palin Centre and this is his message:

"When I first arrived at the Michael Palin Centre, I was unable to speak for days on end, such was the damaging effect of my stammer.  After my course there, I am now looking to pursue a career in drama, have performed in a variety of shows, and was able to give an assembly at my school in front of nearly 1000 people about my speech problems.  Because of the Michael Palin Centre, I have a voice, and I honestly could not be more grateful to all the people there and the fantastic work that they do, helping people like me to realise that they are not alone, and that they will get past the problem."

Thank you Lewis for your generosity.

Well done Tim!

Tim Millard running the Dublin marathon

Tim Millard recently ran the Dublin Marathon to raise funds for Action for Stammering Children. He completed it in an amazing 4 hours and 43 minutes and he has raised over £1200 for the charity - a fabulous achievement! Click here to support Tim on his Just Giving page.


Congratulations to Claudine

Claudine at the Windsor half marathon

One of our trustees, Claudine Provencher recently ran the Windsor half marathon to raise funds for Action for Stammering Children. Claudine said afterwards that it turned out to be one of the most pleasant events of her life! And what's more she exceeded her target of raising £1500 for the charity. If you would like to support Claudine, please click here

It's enough to turn your hair green!!!

Laurence with his green hair

A big thank you to the Scott family and Laurence in particular, whose child attended a recent intensive programme at the Michael Palin Centre.  As you can see from the picture, Laurence went that extra mile in his fundraising efforts – what will he think of next!

With the support of friends, family and his employer, DHL, who matched the value of donations raised, Laurence’s efforts resulted in a fantastic donation of £721!

Thank you from everyone at ASC and the team at the Michael Palin Centre.

Brighton Marathon

Simon Itkin took part in the Brighton Marathon on 15th April in order to help raise money to support children who stammer.  Click here to read more and sponsor Simon in this fantastic event.

Cardiff Half-Marathon

Cardiff half-marathon

David Evans, an MPC father, ran the Cardiff Half-Marathon on 16th October and raised over £400 in support of our work.  He was very pleased with his time of 1 hour and 48 minutes  - many congratulations from us all!  He says he enjoyed every moment of the run, `especially knowing the money raised was going to such a lovely cause, which holds a big place in our family’s heart`. 

This donation, and others like it, are vital in supporting our work and we hope David’s  example will inspire many others - MPC sponsorship forms and T-shirts supplied on request!


500 Mile Relay in Ireland

500 mile relay

Gavin Benn enlisted the support of Oliver Courtney, Jack Merriot and Rory Cox in raising money for the Centre by cycling a 500 mile relay in Ireland over 4 days.  They raised the fantastic sum of £625 and can be seen celebrating their achievement after crossing the finish line of the ride in Dublin!