Thursday 1st June marks the beginning of Volunteers Week 2017, and we would like to say a huge “Thank you” to everyone who has volunteered their time to Paces over the past year. Over the next few days, we will be featuring a few Volunteer testomonies, so please join us in showing your appreciation to them, and to the many others who have stepped forward to support our good causes.

Christine Ellis

Solicitor, Switalskis Solicitors 

“Having worked with children and young adults that have cerebral palsy, my colleagues and I are aware of the significant challenges faced by both them and their families. After having the opportunity to go to the school and talk to Natalie and other members of the Paces staff, we were really impressed with what the school did, and wanted to get involved in any way we could.

We volunteered to do a bucket collection at Meadowhall because it gave us the opportunity to raise both money and awareness about Paces and the people they help. We believe that this is such an important school because it really does change people’s lives, and hope that our small contribution has helped.”    

Josh Cryer

Law Costs Draftsmen, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

“ I choose to take part in the Paces 5 –A Side football tournament as it seemed like a great way to combine my love of football and my desire to help out in the community in some way.

Paces do great work and I am pleased to be helping, particularly to support their attempts to put on a great day at their neighbouring football venue. I hope to look forward to a fantastic day and I hope to learn a lot out of the experience, personally and professionally.

I am pleased to be helping on behalf of my employer Irwin Mitchell particularly to support our Charity of the Year”.

Vicki Clarry

Paces Parent

“My daughter and myself volunteered to help promote Paces charity at Meadowhall. I felt I needed to make others aware of all the good work and support we get from the school and the charity. Without this support I don't know where we would be today. My daughter enjoyed shaking the bucket and telling everyone who came to say hello what she does at school. She took great pleasure in her job for the day and was so proud of her school.” 

Pete and James Tippett 

Husband and son of a Paces employee

Pete Tippett ran in the sheffield half marathon for Paces last year and now he and his son, James,  have volunteered to be in a 5 a side team at the Paces football tournament on 18th June. Like father, like son?

“We volunteer because … we just want to do some good in the world, to make the lives of others better so they have an easier time than people had in the past.”

Natalie Hill 

Care Manager at Caremark, Rotherham

“When Caremark was approached by Natalie at Paces to help with a fundraising event at Meadowhall by sending 2 volunteers along to lend a hand, as a company, we wanted to offer our help to a local organisation that we have done events with in the past. Paces helps people who live in the local area to our Caremark Rotherham/Sheffield branch, and we feel it is important to help people in the community to lead meaningful and ordinary lives. When we asked our staff for their support to help at this event, we had several people come forward, and when asked why they wanted to be involved, they also said they like helping out and enjoy giving their support to local people.”

Shelby Reynolds

Relative of a child who attends Paces

"I volunteered to help out at the party as I just wanted to see the kids having some fun."

"I dressed up as a elf and helped out in Santa's Grotto. To see the smile on their faces that day was so rewarding and beautiful."