Lockyers & Beat Autism

Please help Lockyers help a local charity. Vote for Beat Autism on the Aviva Community Fund website between 23rd October and 20th November. The more votes the charity receives, the more chance there is of an award to fund a Speech and Language Therapist for 6 months.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. Each person with ASD is affected differently. Help can involve hours of intensive work which can lead to a great deal of pressure on families, causing practical problems and emotional issues.

There is no cure for ASD but through Beat Autism there is hope.

Sharon’s first son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was 7 years old, her second son was diagnosed with Severe Classic Autism when he was 5. The family had lots of questions, but as little help was available they set out to find their own answers.

The Firth family set up Beat Autism to share their personal experience and learning from the Son-Rise programme with other parents in the Wakefield area who are dealing with this challenging condition. The charity has grown and now runs Parent Support & Learn Groups, Kids’ Clubs for families with autistic children and a Dads’ Support Group.

Recently, the charity received a grant to fund a specialist Speech and Language Therapist to support 36 children. This funding has come to an end. £10,000 from the Aviva Community Fund will allow this valuable work to continue for a further 6 months.

Lockyers have submitted Beat Autism for a “broker backed award” because:
• The Firth family did not give in and are passionate about helping other parents
• Sharon is running this amazing support network in addition to caring for her own family
• The Speech and Language Therapist has already started to help local young people

Vote for Beat Autism here – to directly help families in the Wakefield area living with ASD.

Find out more about the charity at www.beatautism.co.uk

For more information contact Liz Blades, Marketing Manager liz.blades@lockyers.co.uk