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Tom Baker

Tom Baker

Name: Tom Baker
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Liverpool
Campaign: To raise awareness about Tourette's syndrome

I always knew there was something different about me growing up, but I was only diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome two years ago.

 

It makes me have random outbursts, which I can’t control. These tics often involve swearing or making funny noises.

 

It is embarrassing especially when I’m out in public because people stare at you like you’re from another planet.

 

So with the help of Fixers, I’m producing a short film showing just how challenging living with Tourette’s can be.

 

I hope it will open people’s eyes to the condition and will help them realise it’s something that can’t be controlled.

 

I want to give a special thank you to Louise Millar, Oluwatosin Adamolekun and Paul Whiteley for helping me with my Fix.

Rotunda Community College

I volunteer at the college and Kym Cheetham helped my Fix by facilitating the project.

 

Tourette's Action

Suzanne Dobson, Chief executive of Tourette's Action supported my Fix by providing an interview for my broadcast item.

 

 

 

 

 

April 2014

I was invited on BBC Radio Merseyside to talk about my Fixers project and what it's like living with Tourette's syndrome.

 

 

Fixer Tom (R) with radio presenter

 

My campaign was also featured in the Liverpool Echo. Click on the image below to read the full article.

 

 

March 2014

Responses to my film have been really encouraging and people have been supportive of my campaign. You can read some of these comments below:

 

Amy Elizabeth, Hugh Baird College:

'Well done Tom! You did well.'

 

Becky:

'I've just watched this film and I thought it was brilliant and a great eye-opener. A massive well done to Tom Baker!'

 

Julie:

'As a mother of an adult child with Tourette's my heart aches. Society is blind.'

 

Kym:

'Tom, what an amazing student. I'm glad I could support you and what an achievement on your award!'

 

February 2014

I won Young Achiever of the Year at the Liverpool Community Star Awards for my Fixers campaign on raising awareness of life with Tourette's!

 

Fixer Tom holding his Young Achiever of the Year Award.

 

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