‘Captain’ Tobias Weller

Sheffield-based postural support specialist Jenx has announced a new year-long partnership with the charity Paces, a specialist school for conductive education.

Jenx – alongside its UK distribution division Jiraffe – will work with the school across fundraising activities and events for the next 12 months, after the charity was selected as the company’s charity of the year for 2021.

The partnership will provide Jenx staff with the opportunity to personally support children with special needs at Paces School in High Green through volunteering activities and initiatives.

Funds raised by the partnership will contribute to the £3.5 million needed by Paces for its new state-of-the-art home, a move which would enable the charity to support up to three times as many families with the hope of no longer having to turn anyone away.

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Paces specialises in supporting children and adults living with neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), which affect their physical and learning ability.

Commenting on the new partnership, Holly Jenkins, Jenx Director, said: “There are few more appropriate 2021 charity partners for us as a business than Paces School, a charity which does so much to support children across the region with specialised and often complex needs.

“Every day, Jenx and Jiraffe support children all over the world who face challenges of living with conditions like cerebral palsy, so we’re proud to support an organisation which truly understands our vision.

“I’m excited to see how this partnership will enable us to complement Paces’ fundraising and awareness goals, while also helping to build crucial relationships between our therapists and children who need the support of both Paces and ourselves the most.”

The partnership announcement follows a donation by Jiraffe of a specialist ‘Rifton Tricycle’ to 10-year-old Sheffield fundraising hero ‘Captain’ Tobias Weller, who was recently crowned Young Unsung Hero at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020.

Captain Tobias used his Rifton Trike to complete a 480-mile virtual bike ride which raised funds for Paces. The youngster is also currently embarking on yet another challenge – this time an Iron Man triathlon.

David Hall, Paces Corporate Fundraising Manager, added: “We are so excited to be working in partnership with Jenx and Jiraffe as we head into 2021. The goals we have here at Paces align perfectly with theirs and we can’t wait to welcome them onto our journey.

“We would like to thank the whole team for choosing to support us and look forward to getting further involved with you all as the year progresses.”

Recently, Jenx announced the retirement of pioneering company co-founders Clive and Catherine Jenkins. During their careers, Clive and Catherine have helped transform thousands of children’s lives with life-changing – and often live-saving – high-quality postural support equipment and advice.

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