£5,000 by our Jack who’s spent lockdown creating wooden works of art

Inspirational 19-year old Jack Mitchell, from Sheffield, has now raised over £5,000 for his special school after creating and selling wooden works of art from his home during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Jack, who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy affecting both his arms and legs, communicates using an Eye Gaze. Despite these challenges, he wanted to help Paces, the South Yorkshire specialist centre, charity and school for individuals with motor disorders and complex brain injuries.

He has been busy over the past year at home making wooden clocks, cactus pots, candle holders and much more. He sells them and delivers the products, socially-distanced, to his customers, donating the money raised to the appeal for a new home for Paces School.

Currently based at High Green, the charity are fundraising to allow the school to move to a new base with state-of-the-art facilities to support more children with life-changing skills using conductive education – such as sitting, standing, walking, speaking, communication and self-care – in an environment they can have fun, develop friendships, and feel like they belong.

Julie Booth, Head of Fundraising at Paces, said:

“Jack is an absolute superstar and we are so incredibly proud of everything he has achieved and grateful for his support to allow us to help more children, adults and families in the future.

“Our vision of moving Paces School to a new home will only be possible thanks to the generosity of people like him, and his family and friends, who are doing extraordinary things. We thank them all for everything they have done to support the charity.”