Michael Palin backs International Stuttering Awareness Day

25 Oct 2016

Much-loved comedian, actor and writer, Michael Palin, lent his support to children and young people affected by stammering, as part of International Stuttering Awareness Day on 22 October

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Much-loved comedian, actor and writer, Michael Palin, lent his support to children and young people affected by stammering, as part of International Stuttering Awareness Day on 22 October.
 
Michael visited patients the Michael Palin Centre, a specialist centre, run by Whittington Health NHS Trust and the charity Action for Stammering Children, which helps to treat children, young people and adults who are affected by stammering.
 
During his visit, Michael spoke to children and their parents who are being treated at centre through its innovative and intensive group therapy programme for stammering.
 
Stammering has been a cause close to Michael’s heart, after his father lived with a stammer throughout his life. Michael has been involved with the centre, which was named after him following his role in "A Fish Called Wanda", in which he portrayed a character called Ken who stammered, whom he based on his father. Michael is also the Vice Present of the charity Action for Stammering Children.
 
Elaine Kelman, Professional Lead for Speech and Language Services at Whittington Health, said: “Michael has been an incredible advocate in helping to raise awareness and understanding of stammering and its potential impact on children's education, emotional wellbeing and future prospects. Michael has been involved with our centre for over 20 years and his visits are an important part of helping our children and young people realise their potential in life.”

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