WILL BAYLEY MBE - Every Hurdle Is An Opportunity
Will in the communtiy
Will has always understood the importance of giving something back to the community. Despite a hectic training schedule Will is keen to offer his support to a number of projects. Recently Will has become an ambassador for
near Tunbridge Wells. Pepenbury provides high quality care and support for adults with a learning disability - some of the most vulnerable people in society. "Pepenbury is really committed to doing everything they can to support people, 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."
Will has often boasted that he was “Made in Great Ormond Street Hospital” Initially
Great Ormond Street Hospital
(GOSH) undertook surgery on Will’s legs feet and other limbs, later they would use pioneering treatment to help him overcome childhood cancer. Consequently Will support for GOSH remains a constant theme throughout his community work
Will has given his support to other charities like Children in Need, Sports Relief and the Lord’s Taverners and Will’s commitment to youth development can most often be seen in his work with young table tennis players. He is a regular visitor at his old table tennis club at Byng Hall and often provides impromptu training sessions for players of all ages.
Will has also reaffirmed his commitment to the Kent Sports Trust Foundation - a charity devoted to changing lives through sport in Kent.
Will's support (with bronze medalist Ross Wilson) for BBC Children in Need in November 2016, where they helped to raise £1616 during an evening of table tennis fun!
At the BBC Children In Need Fundraiser in Bexhill East Sussex
And the Byng Hall Children In Need Fundraiser in Tunbridge Wells
"Wow - what a great evening
Children In Need
is such a fabulous cause and it's a real pleasure to be involved"
Schools and Education
Will often provides inspirational visits for schools and community projects, sharing his experiences of growing up facing a number of serious and challenging situations. Will’s passion, commitment, and also his “down to earth” attitude seems to strike a chord with many audiences not just with students but with teachers and parents alike.
At the Sussex Schools PE Conference 2017
Will's takes his commitment to "Inspiring A Generation" very seriously and his presentations at schools and colleges always leave a lasting impression on students of all ages.
More recently Will’s understanding of the implications of Arthrogryposis on others has grown and he is now keenly aware of the impact of this rare and debilitating condition. Will is always willing to share his experiences of living with Arthrogryposis with others who are affected with similar conditions. He is also interested in gaining a better medical understanding what the limits of his own body are, not just psychologically but physiologically also.
Will training includes working with weights in the gym
Will sporting a pinny for Sport Relief 2014 - Read more about the story
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...and Will can often be found signing things!
...or sharing his medals
...AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT!
Will has also appeared in some more unusual community projects including a LEGO tribute to his victory in Rio.
As well as receiving a
gold post box
following his win in Rio 2016 from carpenter Terry Malone, who runs a local carpentry and joinery business...
..and famously getting his
car trapped in the local farmers market
Kent Sports Trust Foundation
G Collins & Sons
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