Paralympian legend Will Bayley MBE joins Pepenbury as an Ambassador
Paralympic champion Will Bayley MBE has announced he is becoming an ambassador for Pepenbury.
Will Bayley MBE, the men’s class 7 World number one Para table tennis player, has announced he is joining together with Kent learning disability charity Pepenbury to become an ambassador.
He won the hearts of the nation during the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 when he ‘completed the impossible’ and claimed Paralympics GB’s gold medal in the men’s class 7 table tennis final. He finished off the year by receiving an MBE in the New Years Honours list. Bayley, born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affects all four of his limbs, took up the sport when his grandmother bought him a table tennis table while he was battling childhood cancer.
Known for his passion and dedication, Will made the decision to partner with Pepenbury after visiting them last year.
“People with learning disabilities are no different to us. They want to go on first dates, laugh with friends in the pub and have jobs but without the right support they struggle to do this.
Pepenbury is really committed to doing everything they can to support them, which is why they have to fundraise. I know firsthand what having the right support can do and what you can achieve. That’s why I’m excited to get involved and support this charity. I was so impressed with them when I visited”, said Will.
Pepenbury CEO Sarah Stookes said, “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Will as our Ambassador. He is such a role model for many and his enthusiasm for what we do and the people we support is amazing.
We are looking forward to working with him to raise awareness of learning disabilities and the fact that being different doesn’t mean you should be excluded or that you can’t progress in life with the right support.”