A Berwick mum has raised almost £2,000 for a charity that supports people with autism, thanks to the generosity of local schools and clubs.
Alison Easton is coordinating a six-month fundraising drive to raise money for The National Autistic Society in a bid to give something back to the charity that has helped her family.
“I’m raising money for The National Autistic Society because my son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 18-months old,” Alison explained.
“The help he receives means that he can go to school locally.
“He has had full time support since he started St Mary’s - he’s now at Berwick Middle School and the support is continuing so I wanted to give something back.”
Schools have raised money through non uniform days, and a ‘Onsie Walk’ around the walls proved popular. Local businesses have also been supportive.
Alison recently held a coffee morning at King James Court with the 5th Berwick Cub Scouts, which raised £446 in just two hours.
“My aim was to raise £1,000 all together, but in my first month I raised £1,185,” Alison said. “My son attends the cub scouts, which are very good with autistic children, so I gave half of the money we raised at the coffee morning to them as a thank you. I never expected to raise that amount.
“I’ve had donations from schools in Berwick, local people and local businesses which is fantastic.”
Alison’s next event will be a bag pack at Morrison’s in Berwick on Saturday, September 6. This will be followed by a bag pack at Tesco on Sunday, October 5; a Zumbathon with Maureen McCreath on October 6; and finally an 80s night in the Black and Gold on November 22.
So far she has raised a total of £1765.50 for the charity. “I’m trying to raise as much money as possible because you don’t want to keep going back to people asking for money, so I’m only doing this once,” Alison said.
“I started in May and my last event is on the 22nd of November.”
•If anyone would like to donate they can contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org