Paces School visits Weston Park Museum

Staff and pupils from Paces School have visited Weston Park Museum to see the 20th Anniversary Timeline which has been on display there during January.

Our children were met by Mary Chadwin, the artist who created the story, and Museums Sheffield Children and Young People Co-ordinator Graham Moore during the visit on Thursday 25 January.

It was great seeing Mary’s Timeline in person and we know many people have loved seeing it in the display at Weston Park over the past month.

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20th Anniversary Timeline Project

A project to celebrate 20 years of Paces has seen a special timeline designed by artist Mary Chadwin. It is on display at Weston Park Museum now and throughout January.

Thank you to Mary, Curator Graham Moore and all the children and staff that contributed. Co-founders Norman Perrin and Karen Hague MBE also contributed and a special thanks to Jan Tippett for ensuring it happened.

Some of our children will go to the Museum to see it in place in the New Year.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP named Patron of Paces

The influential Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee has been named as a Patron of Paces.

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, a former Education Minister who himself has cerebral palsy, accepted the invitation to take up the role as he visited the charity’s High Green campus on Friday (8 December).

During the visit, which came at the end of Paces’ 20th anniversary year, Mr Halfon met with some of the school’s pupils, teachers and staff and heard about the work of the charity and its innovative conductive education programme to support those living with motor disorders.

Rob Halfon MP said:

“I care passionately about supporting young people with disabilities and Paces is a national centre of excellence for supporting those living with cerebral palsy and motor disorders.

“When I was invited to become a Patron, I took no time at all to accept and am proud to support and promote this beacon of excellence and great education for children, young people, adults and families with their outstanding school and innovative conductive education programmes.”

Mr Halfon was accompanied on the visit by Dr Spencer Pitfield, Interim Chief Executive of Paces, who had invited him to become a Patron. Speaking about the appointment, he said:

“I have known Rob for a number of years and have been impressed by his commitment to ensuring young people have the best start in life – no matter what challenges they may face. This commitment makes him the perfect choice for our Patron.

“As Paces ends our 20th anniversary year, the appointment of such an influential Patron is an indication of our commitment to continue to find innovative ways of supporting young people, adults and families who live with cerebral palsy and motor disorders.”

Ann Menzies-Blythe, Chair of Trustees at Paces, said:

“I would like to thank Rob for both coming to Paces to see and hear about our work and for saying ‘yes’ to our invitation to be our Patron. We are passionate about the work we do here to support those of all ages with motor disorders, I know Rob shares that passion and I look forward to working together to inform more people about what we do and how we can help in the months ahead.”

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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