BSA Chair Tim Fell is currently walking the length of Britain to raise awareness about stammering and is looking for your support. We want it to involve as many people as possible. Let us know if you can help! For example you could join him for part of the walk, or offer him a bed for the night. Or come to an event on the route.
Talking about stammering is a hugely important part of what the BSA is all about. Most of us find that talking about our stammer can be really helpful. And talking about stammering openly, by all of us, is the only way society will understand the issues we are facing.
In the last few years, stammering has increasingly been the subject of discussion in the media. And the social climate is ripe to build on that momentum.
That’s why Tim is walking from John O’Groats to Land's End, meeting and talking to people about stammering along the way.
It’s an opportunity to bring the stammering community together, and to persuade as many people as possible to join the BSA. The more members we have the more society will sit up and take notice of us. We know there are hundreds of thousands of people who stammer out there. Together we can make a difference to all those whose lives are affected by stammering.
A central element of the walk is to involve and include as many people as possible, to build on the strength of community feeling we already have amongst people who stammer. And that’s why we want to encourage people who stammer, their family and friends and colleagues, speech and language therapists, etc. to get involved. The route and timetable are below. Some examples of how you can help:
- Join the walk at any stage for as long or short a distance as you want. Encourage your family and friends to join you.
- Engage with your local contacts to arrange publicity, e.g. journalists, politicians (see below Publicity)
- Organise a local event around the walk - you can see existing Stamwalk events on our events page
- Organise local fundraising around the walk
- Offer Tim a bed for the night ☺
- Donate to the walk - see below Donating.
You can follow the walk, day by day, on Tim's Stamwalk blog.
Also do come to our of the events along the route if you can, see our events page.
Publicity is crucial to get our message out as widely as possible. So, we want you to use your contacts to generate interest from the media, local dignitaries, and politicians along the way. There is a draft press release (Word doc) you can use, and pdf posters in A3, A4 and A5.
Stamwalk is also an opportunity to raise funds for the BSA. All money raised will go towards funding the activities of the BSA and will not be used to cover the costs of the walk itself. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/stamwalk.
You can also donate by texting STAM53 £5/£10 (delete as appropriate) to 70070. So if you wanted to donate £5 you need to text STAM53 £5 to 70070. You can't donate more than £10 through Textgiving.
More about the walk
26th July - September 2017
Who’s doing it?
Tim Fell, Chair BSA
What is the objective?
- To raise awareness about the issues around stammering
- To challenge the stigma
- To encourage membership of the BSA
- To raise funds for BSA's work
How will the objectives be realised?
- By talking to people along the way
- Through talking to, and involving, the media
- Through generating publicity where you live
How can you help?
See the examples in We need your help above. Do let us know if you're interested in getting involved.
Who should get involved?
- People who stammer
- Family and friends
- Speech and Language Therapists
- and anybody else interested in the issues around stammering
- Provisional route schedule (pdf) - estimated dates at each place on the route.
The planned route goes from John O'Groats down through Inverness and Edinburgh, then via Newcastle and Doncaster, west over to Manchester, through Stoke on Trent and Birmingham down to Bristol, and along the centre of the South West Peninsula to Penzance and Land's End. For events along the route planned so far, go to our events page.
As at 31st August Tim was having a rest day in Manchester, before heading onward via Birmingham and Bristol. You can check current progress on Tim's blog.