A local man who attended conductive education classes at Stick ‘n’ Step from the age of 9, has landed his dream job, working as a journalist at BBC News.

Ellis Palmer, 23, from Wirral, was born with cerebral palsy and started attending classes at Stick ‘n’ Step to help him gain the skills he needed to live an independent life. After leaving West Kirby Grammar School, he studied for a degree in Political Science and Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham, including a year abroad at the University of Barcelona. Upon completion of his Masters at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Ellis joined the production team at Sky Sports before recently applying to the BBC and securing his new job at BBC News Online. He is moving to London shortly.

Ellis said: “I would never have been able to achieve what I have so far without the support of Stick ‘n’ Step. The charity enabled me to learn to do everything most people just take for granted. From helping me as a young child to learn how to get dressed and shower independently to enabling me to feel confident enough to apply to university and manage to live abroad.

“Working for the BBC is my dream job and I would say to any young person who lacks confidence in themselves, don’t let any physical or mental health issues hold you back and don’t let other people’s doubts put you off. Once you know what you want to do, focus on achieving it and stick with it as I’m proof that you really can achieve what might seem impossible.”

Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick ‘n’ Step, commented: “We couldn’t be prouder of Ellis and what he has achieved and we wish him every continued success. He was one of the first people to benefit from Stick ‘n’ Step’s conductive education when the charity was just getting started. Since then, we have supported hundreds of young people and have continued to grow. We now have two education centres – one in Wallasey and one in Runcorn, opening officially later this month.”

Stick ‘n’ Step provides support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. The charity provides the children with free of charge conductive education sessions, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live independent lives.

To find out how to access support from Stick ‘n’ Step or how you could help this charity please visit www.sticknstep.org or call the Wallasey centre on 0151 638 0888 or the Runcorn centre on 01928 573777.