Two young women with cerebral palsy, who have been close friends since the age of 4, have just completed 21 years of attendance at the charity where they first met, Stick ‘n’ Step. Ellen and Emily, both now aged 25, have attended weekly conductive education classes at Stick ‘n’ Step’s centre in Wallasey for the past 21 years.

Ellen’s mother Kay was a founding trustee of the charity and its treasurer when it started over two decades ago. Since leaving school, Ellen has obtained a BA Hons in Child Development and is currently seeking employment in that sector.

Daughter of Karen, another founding trustee, who was Chair of Stick ‘n’ Step for many years, Emily decided to spend lockdown expanding her skill set further by learning sign language. She has been working hard with Bury Market to make the market more accessible to people with disabilities. Her ability to speak on this subject from first-hand experience is a great strength and she is extremely passionate about working in this area and advocating for inclusion.

Kriszti Turner, Multi-Disciplinary Conductor and Early Years Teacher at Stick ‘n’ Step, who has worked with Ellen and Emily since they started at Stick ‘n’ Step, says, “It is truly amazing to track the changes in Ellen and Emily from being tiny, shy children to the talented, hard-working, outgoing young women that they are today.

“They are true ambassadors for the work we do here at Stick ‘n’ Step, where our aim is always that every young person should be able to achieve their own personal potential. We have so enjoyed getting to know them and being a part of their lives and wish them every success in their future.”

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Ellen and Emily (wearing glasses) aged 4 at Stick ‘n’ Step

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