Ellis Palmer attended Stick ‘n’ Step from the age of 9 to 18. His parents, Rob and Bo sought our support as Ellis was struggling with his mobility and fine motor skills due to his cerebral palsy.

Our programme of conductive education meant the conductors saw Ellis’ potential and over time taught him the movements and skills needed to increase his strength, flexibility and dexterity. This led to Ellis learning to do the things he wanted to achieve to live independently.

Reflecting back on his experience at Stick ‘n’ Step, Ellis says “Quite simply, I would not be able to do what I do today without the skills that Stick 'n' Step taught me, this has enabled me to live a fully independent life.”

Now age 26, and with a degree in European Politics and Spanish, a masters gained whilst studying in Barcelona and experience of digital journalism at the BBC in London, Ellis has landed his dream job at BBC Radio 5 Live, in Salford.

‪”Over the years, there’s been a constant soundtrack to the big news events of my life and that is BBC Radio 5 Live... So I am very excited to be joining the Salford-based network as a producer next month!”

We are all so proud of Ellis and wish him all the best in his new job, we know he will smash it!

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