Conductor Teacher to run Edinburgh Marathon for Paces

One of our Conductor Teachers, Agota Soos, is raising money for Paces by running the Edinburgh Marathon in May.

Speaking about why she’s set herself the challenge, she says:

“As a conductor teacher I am inspired by the children I work with. Seeing them every day working hard and doing their best keeps me going. All money raised will be spent on special needs equipment/toys to help these wonderful children reach their best potential.”

Please support Agota and wish her good luck – visit her JustGiving page now >>

Funding boost for Paces from The Henry Smith Charity

We’re delighted to be able to share the news that we have been awarded a £75,000 grant to develop our work helping parents of disabled children.

The funding, from The Henry Smith Charity – an independent trust which aims to bring about lasting change to people’s lives, will be used over the next three years to launch a ‘Families for Families’ mentoring network.

It will support 40 parents over three years by providing them with the resources, support and information they need to have the confidence to manage their children’s needs. The aim is to ensure they have access to the services available and reduce the potential for their isolation by sharing both knowledge and experience.

The work provided by this grant will complement the outreach programme which is being funded by last year’s £80,000 support from BBC Children in Need.

Dr Spencer Pitfield OBE, Interim Chief Executive of Paces, said:

“One of our priorities at Paces has always been to support not only children with Cerebral Palsy but their families and this grant from The Henry Smith Charity will allow us to develop our pioneering work in this area.

“We know that parents can often feel alone, isolated and unsure where to turn for support following their child’s diagnosis. By providing support for their family, we hope to break down those barriers, provide access to those who have experienced the challenges and signpost the way to the help that is on offer.”

Paces showcased at Sheffield United

Thank you to Sheffield United fans for their support as we held a bucket collection and showcased Paces on the big screen at the match against Ipswich Town on Saturday (14 October).

Volunteers from Paces, joined by Paces School pupils Nico and Shea, were among the crowd at Bramall Lane to ask for donations which will go towards our Wheelspin Roundabout appeal for phase two of our Inclusive Play Area.

They raised £583.29.

During the match, Paces was showcased with a video highlighting what we do shown on the big screen.

The match saw a win for the Blades and it was particularly fitting that Paces’ Ambassador Chris Basham scored the winning goal!

Thank you to all our team on the day and every fan who supported us.

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Pudsey backs Paces

We’re excited that Paces has been chosen by BBC Children in Need to receive a grant of £80,629 over the next three years.

The grant will be used to support children aged between six months and three years with cerebral palsy to encourage them to become more independent, have better communications and become more mobile.

Dr Spencer Pitfield, Paces Chief Executive, said:

“Having the support of BBC Children in Need is an exciting milestone for Paces and our nationally-recognised work to support children, young people and their families living with cerebral palsy.

“The grant will allow us to continue, and extend, the help we have been proud to provide over the past 20 years and I look forward to seeing its impact in the months and years ahead.”

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.

Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.