"As Ambassador for Autism Wessex, I am so proud of the work they are doing throughout the lockdown."
These are particularly difficult times for those with autism due to a significant change in routine. To compound this, face to face fundraising has been paused.
However, Dorset-based charity, Autism Wessex, is working with its 2019/20 charity partner, AFC Bournemouth, and the charity’s ambassador, Harry Redknapp, to run an online auction where a signed football and football shirt from the team as well as a signed copy of Harry Redknapp’s book, ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager’, are up for grabs to the highest bidder.
The online auction can be found at https://auction.autismwessex.org.uk. The money raised will help the charity support young adults through covid-19 and beyond, providing them with life skills, employment skills, and helping to prepare them for their futures.
Ambassador, Harry Redknapp, commented:
“As Ambassador for Autism Wessex, I am so proud of the work they are doing throughout the lockdown. The team are working hard to keep the specialist school, Portfield School, open not only for their own pupils but for children of care workers who need extra support at this time. Fundraising efforts are now online. Please help to continue their amazing work.”
Through previous fundraising support, Autism Wessex has been able to provide life-changing projects for those living with autism, such as:
- A Forest School to encourage learning about the environment
- A sensory Multi-Use Games Area for the charity’s specialist education centre, Portfield School
- A Bike Workshop with specially trained tutors to teach road safety, and to help children learn about looking after a bicycle
Siún Cranny, CEO of Autism Wessex, commented:
“Covid-19 has brought a halt to many of our planned fundraising efforts. This has been a huge worry for us as it is so crucial right now to continue supporting our children, young people and adults in communities across the region to ensure their wellbeing and safety during what is such a troubling time for them. Thanks to the fabulous support of AFC Bournemouth and Phoenix Digital Media, we are still able to keep up our efforts online. If you are a footie fan, this is the auction for you!”
AFC Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn, added:
“Covid-19 has bought turbulent and distressing changes to everyone, including those with autism. Autism Wessex has gone above and beyond to ensure that all of its clients and pupils are safe, well and happy at this time. We couldn’t be prouder to be supporting them as a partner this season, and we are extremely excited to see the results of the upcoming charity auction.”
Autism Wessex offers three main channels of support; education at Portfield School, community and residential support and a “Community Connector” service for advice. The charity also runs the #ThumbsUp awards which recognises businesses, schools and individuals making a positive difference to those with autism.
Founded in 1968 by parents, Autism Wessex is the leading regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.
For more information, visit www.autismwessex.org.uk.