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  • Mr Tumble runs London Marathon

    Michael, dressed as Mr Tumble, at the 18 mile stage in the London Marathon

    Congratulations to Michael Barnett who ran the London Marathon dressed as Mr Tumble to raise money for The Makaton Charity.

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    On 27 Apr 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Mr Tumble does a ParkRun

    Michael at the ParkRun, dressed as Mr Tumble

    A week to go now and I am starting to feel nervous and excited.  Nervous about whether the amount of training has been sufficient and excited because, well…. you don’t get to run the London Marathon dressed as Mr Tumble every day of the week!

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    On 20 Apr 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Seeing Mr Tumble run!

    Michael out running, dressed as Mr Tumble

    Earlier today, I gave the Mr Tumble outfit a run out.  Five miles: along the Thames and through Bushy Park.  Some of the reactions were priceless!

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    On 07 Apr 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Running for Makaton

    Michael dressed as Mr Tumble

    On April 26th 2015, I will be running the London Marathon dressed as Mr Tumble to raise funds for The Makaton Charity. The target is to raise £26,200 and I will need a lot of help to make it. Together, we can help more people to access Makaton and overcome communication difficulties.

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    On 31 Mar 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Why does Makaton work?

    Michael and Joshua

    Michael Barnett is running the London Marathon as Mr Tumble. Joshua obviously made an impact!  The fundraising has really started to pick up. The reaction to my meeting Joshua prompted the thought: what is it about Makaton that means that it works?

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    On 23 Mar 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Meeting Joshua

    Michael and Joshua

    Michael Barnett is running the London Marathon as Mr Tumble, to raise money for The Makaton Charity. I would like to mention the great time I had meeting Joshua recently. He is a real bright spark, as you can tell from the photo, so it was great to chat with him about Makaton...

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    On 06 Mar 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • On the streets again... at last!

    Michael B

    The joy of actually being on the streets again was a fantastic feeling but I genuinely thought that my relief was nothing compared with how anyone struggling to make themselves understood must feel when, at last, they can communicate their needs and desires. Very humbling.

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    On 24 Feb 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • Running London Marathon

    Michael prepares for a practice run

    I'm running the London Marathon as Mr Tumble, yes Mr Tumble!  Can’t wait to order the costume!  My sons can’t wait to laugh at me wearing it… Hopefully by dressing as Mr Tumble, it will not only bring a few smiles but that people will recognise that I am running for The Makaton Charity...

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    On 02 Feb 2015 / By The Makaton Charity
  • No Pens Day Wednesday evaluation

    No Pens Day Wednesday case study

    Over 3,600 schools and settings signed up to No Pens Day Wednesday 2014. As part of the evaluation process, The Communication Trust have published twelve case studies about the innovative activities that schools and settings organised for the day and the impact it had...

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    On 27 Jan 2015 / By The Makaton Charity