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.”