Students at Barnsley College have listened to an inspirational talk by a man who set up his own charity as a result of facial disfigurement.
Dr James Partridge spoke to pupils about his story and the work of his charity Changing Faces, as part of an event organised by the college’s Enterprise department.
He told pupils how he set up the charity as a result of his own experience of facial disfigurement after he was severely injured in a car fire when he was 18.
The aim of the talk was to inspire students and staff that even in the face of adversity it is possible to achieve great things.
Dr Partridge spoke of his motivation to promote a society where people are treated fairly, irrespective of their appearance and the work he and the charity has done nationally to represent and support people of all ages to improve their self-esteem and confidence through practical advice, emotional support and social skills training.
Students also had the opportunity to talk to Dr Partridge and ask him questions about his inspirational life story.
Dr Partridge said: “I am delighted to have been asked to come and speak with the students.
“It’s great to spread the message about the work of the Changing Faces Charity and inspire the students.
“It would be great for the students to engage with the Face Equality Campaign and our local centre in Sheffield which helps people with disfigurements across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.”
Gareth Stewart, Barnsley College Enterprise co-ordinator said: “Within the Enterprise department, we regularly invite guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds to inspire, encourage and motivate students on a wide range of topics.
“I’m sure that everyone who listened to Dr Partridge will have taken something positive from his unique insights and personal experience.”