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Austistic children in Colcehster receive a cash boost

23 August 2021

A local Charity which works with children and adults with autism in Essex has been granted a £1,000 cash boost by our Witham-based Essex region.

Autism Anglia is the leading autistic service provider in East Anglia. The charity offers services and facilities that encourage autistic children and adults to live a rich and fulfilling life.  They achieve this through residential and supported living, training, education and campaigning.

The funding from Persimmon Homes Essex will boost the charity’s Happy Adventures Playground Project Appeal for Doucecroft School, its specialist school which caters for more than 50 children aged between three and 19 years with autism.

Kate Hancock, chief executive at Autism Anglia, said: “We are so pleased that Persimmon Homes Essex has chosen to support our Playground Appeal at Doucecroft School. “The funding will be used to help us to buy interactive outdoor equipment including a mud kitchen, water and sand play, mirrors and tunnels as part of our phased plan to increase outdoor play and learning”.

As a result of the pandemic, Autism Anglia recognises that these young individuals have had to face many difficulties and so place a real focus on supporting their mental health, reducing anxiety and social isolation. 

Kate added: “We are constantly working to develop ourselves and our service throughout what has been a challenging climate for us. Our overall vision is to support young autistic children to their full potential of becoming independent adults.  This donation will help us deliver phase one of our play area and for that we are extremely grateful.”

The donation is part of our Community Champions project which donates up to £1,000 to local charities and services in over 30 regions across the UK.

Richard Hush, managing director at Essex, said the community initiative is a great way to support services and charities across all the regions where the company works. He said: “We are delighted to be able to help out such an important service in our local community. The Community Champions Project was set up to support services like this making a positive difference to younger people’s lives. The project is now more important than ever during these unprecedented times and as a company we are proud to be able to offer such support for those who may be struggling.”

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