Michael Palin Centre
The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children was officially opened in 1993 as a joint initiative between the then Association for Research into Stammering in Childhood (ARSC) and the then Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust. The official opening, which received wide press coverage, fulfilled Lena Rustin's longstanding ambition to establish a centre of excellence in the UK for the treatment of children who stammer.
Lena Rustin's experience in the field of stammering has been recognised both in the UK and internationally. She was supported in this venture by Travers Reid, a prominent businessman and founding Chairman of the charity, whose experiences of childhood stammering had convinced him of the need for such a centre.
Michael Palin agreed to the centre being named after him following his role in "A Fish Called Wanda", in which he portrayed a character called Ken who stammered. He based the role on his own father who suffered from stammering all his life. Michael's continued support and involvement has helped create a high profile for the Centre and we are very fortunate to have him.
The Centre continues to offer a specialist service to children and young people who stammer from all over the UK and currently employs 13 full- and part-time Specialist Speech and Language Therapists who are supported by an administrative team.A Message from Michael