Harrogate student makes live TV debut

Ashville Junior School pupil Thomas Grattoni-May on the BBC Breakfast set, with, (from left) Mike Bushell, mum Katharine May, Charlie Stayt and Sally Nugent. (S)
Ashville Junior School pupil Thomas Grattoni-May on the BBC Breakfast set, with, (from left) Mike Bushell, mum Katharine May, Charlie Stayt and Sally Nugent. (S)
  • Ashville Junior School student appears on BBC Breakfast and CBBC Newsround
  • Thomas Grattoni-May is ambassador for Action for Stammering Children

Year 6 pupil at Ashville Junior School Thomas Grattoni-May has made his live TV debut on BBC Breakfast as ambassador for the charity Action for Stammering Children.

Four days later he was invited to share his experiences on CBBC Newsround.

The interviews follow a major appeal called ‘Unlock a Child’s Voice’ for the charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of young people who stammer, launched by actor Colin Firth and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP.

Because of Thomas’ association with Mr Firth, whom he met in 2012 and has corresponded with since, he was seen as an ideal spokesman.

Ashville Junior School headteacher Simon Bailey said: “Thomas was thrilled to be asked to help the charity and thoroughly enjoyed his two visits to Media City. These have been two fantastic opportunities for Thomas.”