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DOM'S FUND :  Open Evening 9th October 2005

Simon Wallis, Trustee; and Dr Penny Cavenagh of Suffok College who is liaising between UEA, Suffolk College and the Trust

More than 150 people attended the Open Evening held at Suffolk College on 9th November 2005.

The guests were welcomed to the College by the Principal, Professor Dave Muller, and the Chairman of the Trustees Sir Malcolm Pill, who after thanking  Professor Muller for his warm welcome and considerable support, gave a special welcome to the Chairman of Suffolk County Council, Cllr. Jeremy Clover and Mrs Clover and  also to Norbert Lieckfeldt the Chief Executive of the British Stammering Association (BSA).

Isobel Crichton Smith presented the findings of the fourth research project completed with Fiona Stewart at Suffolk College, and funded by the Trust.

Since the Trust was formed Professor Muller and Suffolk College have given it great support.  Now that a School of Speech therapy has been opened at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the focus of the research has been transferred to UEA with Professor Muller's encouragement.

Dr Jan McAllister, Joint Director of the  new School of Speech Therapy at UEA, gave an overview of the new School of Speech Therapy, and Tamara Davidson introduced herself as the recently appointed holder of the  Dominic Barker Studentship at UEA.

Jon Smith gave a vivid account of his early years when he struggled to speak because of a severe stammer and the unusual therapy he received when a teenager. He described, with amusing anecdotes,  his present  busy and dynamic life as Chief Executive of First Artist Corporation plc one of Europe's leading sports agency, including  his role in the world of football transfers.  Jon Smith is also a Patron of the BSA.


Jaik Campbell, who grew up in Suffolk, entertained the audience and provided an amusing and poignant insight into what it means to be a comedian with a stammer. As a recent review commented "Jaik Campbell is a brave comedian. Yes, he does have a stutter but he is a funny man, and he knows how to deliver a punch line despite his obvious affliction" see www.jaikcampbell.com

Simon Wallis, a Trustee, organised a successful raffle and Toby Kramers, a Trustee, gave a vote of thanks.

The evening concluded with an excellent buffet supper organised by the HE students of the College.

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