Paces pupils’ fundraising efforts attract national media attention


June 1, 2020 | By Janet Baker |

June 1, 2020 | By Janet Baker |

Two incredible children – both pupils of the school run by our partner charity, Paces Sheffield – have exceeded the targets they set themselves for fundraising activities. This will help generate much needed funds to help Paces build their new centre in Sheffield. Paces operate a school and centre within Sheffield for children and adults living with neurological conditions.

Lennie Street, 8 from Leeds has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. His great passion in life is music and in particular, playing the piano. During lockdown he has been taking requests from followers on his Twitter account for songs to play. These have ranged from Beethoven to Justin Bieber and many others in between! Lennie set out to raise £750 for Paces Sheffield, but as of today his total stands at over £6,500. To donate to Lennie you can visit his JustGiving page and to request a song you can contact him on Twitter.

Tobias Garbutt, 9 from Sheffield has cerebral palsy and autism. He was inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore and said to his family “Why don’t I use my walker to try to complete a marathon by walking up and down my street every day?”. He set out to raise a total of £30,000 for Paces and Sheffield Children’s Hospital and has so far raised over £92,000. To donate to Tobias, visit his JustGiving page.

The fundraising efforts of the two boys has really captured the imagination of the media and the wider public as well. Between them they have generated over 60 newspaper articles nationally, as well as appearing on their local TV news. Their achievements have been recognised far beyond the Yorkshire area.

I’ve worked with Paces Sheffield for many years now and – along with my fellow Switalskis director Suzanne Munroe – I am on their Board of Trustees. All of us at Switalskis are really proud of Lennie and Tobias for finding such novel ways to raise funds whilst also demonstrating how talented and committed they both are. They’re a real credit to Paces and their families for their positive outlook on life and the way they strive to achieve all that they can.

As a trustee I’m naturally delighted to see the publicity that they’ve both received in recent weeks. This has helped them exceed their fundraising targets significantly and also shown the wider world the great work that Paces does for the families of those living with neurological conditions. Through my involvement with them over the years, I’ve always had a great appreciation for the work that Paces do. Stories like these are invaluable in taking that message to the wider public and showing how Paces improve the lives of the families they work with.

We announced Paces as our new charity partner this month and will shortly announce our first fundraising event for them, along with details of how you can support us.

Janet Baker

Janet is an experienced specialist and nationally-recognised expert in Clinical Negligence claims. She has developed a particular specialism for birth-related matters such as stillbirth and Cerebral Palsy. She is ranked in Band 1 for Clinical Negligence in Sheffield by Chambers and Partners and she has made regular appearances in national media. Janet's profile

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