Sheffield special school pupil raises thousands in lockdown for new building fund

A Sheffield teenager who has cerebral palsy has raised thousands of pounds during lockdown for the school he has attended since he was just six months old.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:00 am

Jack Mitchell, aged 18, of Grenoside, has so far raised £2,700 for Paces School, a specialist cerebral palsy school based in High Green.

Jack has sadly just lost him mum Stacey to cancer, and has been making wooden clock, candle and plant holders with his dad Ian in the shed at the bottom of their garden.

They have since sold hundreds of items, with all proceeds going to the school’s fund to build a new home more suitable to their needs than the old High Green High School building they currently use.

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Jack Mitchell from Paces School has been busy in his shed throughout lockdown making wooden clocks, candle holders etc and has raised £2700 towards Paces' Capital Appeal to build a new school.

Ian said the long lockdown period was hard for Jack, but that their fundraising project kept the pair of them busy and entertained throughout.

He said: “I’m very proud of him. He struggles with motor control so sanding all the wood down is quite an effort for him. He does all the hard work and I just put a couple of holes in the top.

“He has been going to Paces since he was six months old but leaves next year and they have done an unbelievable job with him and all the children who go there.”

“But they really deserve a better building to work in even if Jack will have left by the time it opens.”

Jack Mitchell working in his shed.

Jack’s disability means that he is unable to move and he also cannot speak so uses an ‘Eye Gaze’ computer to do this for him.

He is the third Paces pupil to raise a substantial amount of money for the Pack Horse Lane school during the coronavirus lockdown.

Tobias Weller from Beauchief has raised £150,000 for Paces by walking two marathons while Lennie Street from Morley in West Yorkshire has raised more than £10,000 by learning 100 different songs on the piano.

“All the Paces pupils have really pulled out all the stops during lockdown,” added Ian.

Cactus holders made by Jack and his dad.

“They have been fantastic.”

To order one of Jack’s creations, email [email protected].

To find out more about the school’s A New Home for Paces campaign or donate, visit

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Pictured are Paces Campus headteacher Ruth Liu, Jack Mitchell, sister Katy Mitchell, and head of fundraising, Julie Booth.
Pictured are dad Ian with Jack Mitchell, sister Katy Mitchell.
Jack Mitchell at Paces School.
Some of the clock, candle and pencil holders Jack has made.