The Wessex Autistic Society is delighted to have been chosen as Poole Rotary Club President’s Charity of the Year. At a recent event Louise Trott, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Charity, was awarded with a cheque for £500 from the Poole Rotary Club President’s Charity Fund.
Louise Trott comments; “We are so pleased to have been chosen as Poole Rotary Club President’s Charity of the Year. It was a very welcome surprise to have received funds just as our relationship gets started as a first instalment and we are delighted to have been able to purchase swimming equipment needed at the school. Approximately 70% of our students at the school are non-verbal and will have a learning difficulty, often a severe one. Being able to engage them in an activity such as swimming is so important to their quality of life and well being. We look forward to the year ahead as the Rotary Club President’s chosen charity and are extremely thankful for the generosity already shown. Such donations enable us to renew and update facilities and equipment at the school which we wouldn’t be able to afford without such kind donations.”
The Wessex Autistic Society is a leading local voluntary organisation delivering education, support and care services for people on the autism spectrum in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, and outreach to anyone else who may need us, regardless of where they may be. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability for which there is no cure. Including the wider family, autism affects over 2 million people a year in the UK.
Tony Pawley, President of Poole Rotary Club comments; “We recognise the excellent work the Wessex Autistic Society does and we felt strongly that we wanted to support the local charity this year. We are pleased to have already donated £500 and we have lots of fundraising ideas and will work hard throughout the year to raise lots more money for such a worthwhile cause.”
The Charity host fundraising events throughout the year and as well as asking people to attend, the Charity is always in need of volunteers. Forthcoming events hosted by the Charity include their brand new Cerne Burn 10k run being held at Minterne Magna on 30 Sep. This will be quickly followed by the charity’s third successive ‘Helping Handbag Charity Auction’ being held at 1812 in Bournemouth on 11th Oct from 7.30pm. To find out any further information about the Charity please visit www.twas.org.uk