Meeting Joshua

Michael and Joshua
If you are able to make a donation, whatever the amount, to The Makaton Charity, please visit my Just Giving page to donate now!

Michael Barnett is running the London Marathon as Mr Tumble, to raise money for The Makaton Charity.

Hi again

Thanks for all the Facebook 'likes' for the last post. Your positivity really helps me during my cold, dark morning training runs!

More of the training in a bit but I would like to mention first 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.

Although his speech is now very clear, Joshua told me about how he used Makaton to make himself understood when he was younger and couldn't always express himself verbally. He still uses Makaton occasionally, such as when he doesn't want everyone to know what he wants to say or do, but equally important was how it helped him develop his communication skills.

Joshua was patient enough to teach me some new signs in Makaton, such as pear (his favourite fruit), naughty and quickly. I will remember ‘quickly’ for the Marathon!

The training is picking up although it is still a test to be ready at 06:15 on a cold, wet morning. The weekend runs are done in daylight but are longer to ‘put the miles in the legs’ ready for the full distance. But, without the training the Marathon won't be possible and without the Marathon, there won't be any fundraising.

So, if you could be kind enough to donate something via the link below, I would be very grateful. It will help more kids like Joshua get a better start in life using something that really works, as I have seen at first hand.

Please donate to The Makaton Charity by visiting my Just Giving page

or text MAKA15 £1 or £2 or £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate now!

Thanks everyone!


(Read Michael's previous blog, On the streets again... at last! and his next one, Why does Makaton work?)

6th March 2015

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