First brick laid of centre which will help disabled children

Ceremonial brick laying at the PACE new early years centre building at Stoke Mandeville - pictured is PACES's Milly Soames and Chief Executive Amanda Richardson with 6 year old Sonny and his parents Adrian and Louise Pickett
Ceremonial brick laying at the PACE new early years centre building at Stoke Mandeville - pictured is PACES's Milly Soames and Chief Executive Amanda Richardson with 6 year old Sonny and his parents Adrian and Louise Pickett

The Pace Centre’s early years centre at 156 Wendover Road, Aylesbury, will provide educational and clinical services to youngsters aged up to seven with disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

The centre will open in January 2014 and was funded after Pace’s ‘first steps’ appeal raised the £1.2 million needed to build the first phase of the project.

It complements the existing Pace primary school services at Coventon Road, Aylesbury and secondary services within Heritage House School in Chesham.

Six-year-old Pace Centre pupil Sonny Pikett from Aston Clinton laid the inaugural brick on Monday.

The site, a former car dealership, was empty for five years before Pace moved in at the end of 2012.

The completion of the whole project at the early years centre is expected by 2015 with an eventual target of £4.5 million raised.

Once complete it will allow Pace to consolidate its existing early years services onto a single site, provide room for expansion and become a staff training centre.

Chief executive Amanda Richardson said: “Our new centre will mean that more children will be able to have the early input they need to help them achieve their full potential in life”.