Anniverary Building Completes 25 Year Celebrations

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Anniverary Building Completes 25 Year Celebrations

On Tuesday 17th November,  PACE celebrates the opening of the latest stage of its Early Years Centre, on the new Bradbury Campus, Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury.

The £1.2 million building has been completed as the latest stage in PACE’s ongoing £4.5million “First Steps Appeal”, and joins the Weston Centre (opened in 2014) as a growing home for PACE’s critical and ground-breaking early years work, built on the site of a former derelict garage.
Throughout 2015, PACE has been celebrating 25 years of transforming the lives of children and young people with cerebral palsy and related motor disorders, starting from our humble beginnings in 1990 in a converted farm building, just outside Aylesbury. This new facility is being named the Anniversary Building in celebration of that important milestone, and today’s opening represents the climax of the charity’s anniversary celebrations in 2015.

PACE is developing new and enhanced services to support children with cerebral palsy, related motor disorders, and developmental delay in the critical early years of their lives. Children coming to the Early Years Centre will typically be up to 5 years old, with the youngest to date just 10 weeks old, being referred to PACE straight out of intensive care at a specialist neo-natal hospital unit. The Centre is also home to PACE’s new PIPS (PACE Infant & Parent Service) which offers intensive integrated therapy and support to children in the 0-2 years age bracket and their families. We believe that this is a highly innovative service and that it represents a new model of high-quality care and support of infants with neurological injuries and developmental delay.

PACE Chief Executive, Amanda Richardson, said, “we know how important it is that children with cerebral palsy and related motor disorders have access to specialist therapy and support as early as possible in order to help them unlock the very best long-term opportunities. We know, too, that their families are in urgent need of support and advice. We are creating the Early Years Centre to support these very vulnerable little children, and their families, because these services are in critically short supply across the whole of the UK. The Early Years Centre is an inspiring building, carefully designed to PACE’s specifications, and an important milestone in PACE’s exciting development. But what is most important is that it helps PACE to help many more of these children, offer them the very best available support and therapy, and offer a new model of excellence that others can follow.”
Milly Soames DL, Chairman of the First Steps Appeal Committee said, “It is a joy to be able to stand in front of the new Anniversary Building which has come about due to the generosity of many people whose remarkable support has made our dreams of helping even more young children with cerebral palsy a reality today. We cannot thank them enough and now we turn our attention to the next element of the centre, a third and final phase of construction to complete our vision.”

For more information about the First Steps Appeal, please contact Mark Clay, Head of Fundraising onmark.clay@thepacecentre.org or call 01296 614287

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