Local MP Becomes Learning Disability Charity Patron

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven, has become the second politician to join St. John’s School and College as a charity Patron following discussions with CEO & Principal, Mr Simon Charelton, and Fundraising Officer & Transition Co-Ordinator, Mr Nicholas Cross.

The new voluntary Patron position is designed to help the work of the learning disability charity and educational establishment based in Brighton and Seaford. The role will entail raising awareness of St. John’s, supporting their local events and help them increase their profile in the local community and further afield. It will also involve helping St. John’s to be represented and supported in learning disability issues and discussions going forward both locally and in the government.

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Mr Russell-Moyle, a Brighton born MP stood in 2014 for council in Lewes and then in 2015 for Parliament for the Labour Party, doubling their vote in the Lewes constituency. He currently lives in Brighton, Kemp Town, and works in advocacy on youth and sustainable development.

He has a rich and philanthropic career working for the UN and as Vice President of the European Youth Forum where he lead on development issues and social enterprises and co-ordinated work in the Autonomy and Inclusion Chapter of this work, namely around issues of Education, Employment, Youth Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Mobility.

He has sat on the boards of a number of companies, educational establishments and programmes related to education, music and co-operation.

Mr Charleton, St. John’s CEO, said “It’s wonderful to gain the support of Lloyd, especially after recently gaining the support of Baroness Jones of Moulescoomb who is also a new Patron. Lloyd will publicly help our charitable work and raise awareness for what we do. He has already supported the work of St. John’s especially around our finding our learners paid employment and schemes we hope to progress with The Bevy Pub and The Royal Susses County Hospital. We are honoured that such a political figure with interests in the third sector.”

Mr Russell-Moyle said, “I visited St John’s and they do amazing work for the young people that they support. I’m delighted to join their patrons and hope to be able to support them going forward.”

To know more about St. John’s and support their work visit: www.st-johns.co.uk

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