Regard Fundraisers Boost Autism Research
Care specialist Regard has handed over the latest donation from almost £5,000 raised by the organisation as part of its work to increase awareness of Autism.
A cheque for £1,835.46 was presented to Lynn Hart, Head of Events at Autistica, the largest UK charity raising funds for research into Autism, by Daun Tattersall, Director of Regard’s South Region, and Matthew Neill, Operations Director at Regard.
The donation was made following a co-ordinated fundraising drive by Regard Service Users, staff, family and friends from across England and Wales, who staged a series of events to mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April.
The money presented to Autistica was raised by Regard’s South Region, supported by London Region, with a sponsored walk titled A Walk in the Park in Richmond Park on 4 April. It involved around 150 people, including Service Users, their families, friends and advocates, who travelled from as far as Brighton, Plymouth, Richmond and Twickenham; Cranborne, Dorset; Polegate, East Sussex; Strood, Lynsted and Sittingborne, Kent; and Camberley, Surrey.
Meanwhile, Natasha Lambert, Lorraine Hicks and Gemma Jones, from Regard's head office team in Kingston upon Thames, walked in aid of the South West Autistic Parents' Support group, a local branch of the National Autistic Society, and raised £854.36.
Regard Service Users and staff from across south Wales gathered in Cardiff’s Roath Park on 2 April for a sponsored walk and collection while Service Users and staff took part in a fundraising walk in Barmouth on the same day. The region raised a total of £551.44, which was handed over to Jennifer Green of the National Autistic Society’s Bristol Office by Lisa Nicholls, Director of Regard’s Wales Region, and Andrea Williams, Locality Manager, South.
North and East Region raised more than £1,000 with events including a “relay rally” on 1 April. It involved 50 Service Users and staff who travelled in teams from Boston, Lincolnshire to Clacton, Essex, with further stops in King’s Lynn, Norfolk; Peterborough, Cambridgeshire; and Haverhill, Suffolk, raising £841.91 with street collections en route.
Meanwhile, two of Regard’s services for children, both near Holbeach, Lincolnshire, contributed more than £600 to fundraising for the National Autistic Society. Easter Cottage raised £125.91 with a car wash and a Roman House sponsored walk brought in more than £500.
Founded in 1994, Regard operates more than 120 supported living and residential care services across England and Wales for people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and Acquired Brain Injuries, as well as providing care and support to children and young people.
For more information, contact Regard on 020 8255 4433 or visit www.regard.co.uk.