Year of funds for autism char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A CHAR­ITY for chil­dren with autism will ben­e­fit from a year of fundrais­ing by a firm.

Space4Autism is the char­ity of the year for Mac­cles­field-based com­pany Direct Food In­gre­di­ents.

The char­ity, based on Lowe Street, Mac­cles­field, sup­ports autis­tic chil­dren, teenagers, adults and their fam­i­lies with work­shops, clubs and events.

The team at Direct Food In­gre­di­ents, on Wa­ters Green, se­lected the char­ity af­ter putting a call out to lo­cal causes to nom­i­nate them­selves.

Steve Loake, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Direct Food In­gre­di­ents, said: “We had over 20 nom­i­na­tions, with a lot of very wor­thy causes. How­ever ap­point­ing Space4Autism as our cho­sen char­ity was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

“A num­ber of our staff have friends and fam­ily mem­bers who are strug­gling with autism and the char­ity is run by highly com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als who pro­vide an in­valu­able re­source.

“The char­ity is in­cred­i­bly stretched and we are ex­tremely ex­cited about the prospect of gen­er­at­ing ex­tra funds for them.”

Ch­eryl Simp­son, char­ity oper­a­tions man­ager at Space4Autism, said the char­ity re­lies heav­ily on fundrais­ing.

She said: “Our young peo­ple de­serve a chance to be in­de­pen­dent, have a job and a fam­ily life and this will only hap­pen if Space4Autism and other ser­vices can con­tinue to sup­port them.”

●● Cath Hough from Direct Food In­gre­di­ents, Ch­eryl Simp­son from Space4Autism, and Direct Food In­gre­di­ents man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Loake

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