Charity benefits from bird trip
A TRIP to capture an illusive bird ended in a gift to a charity.
Amateur photographer Simon Oldfield paid £120 for a day-trip to visit a bird hide in Leeds to take pictures of kingfishers.
But when Simon, who has autism, told the organiser Mark Hughes about his battle with the condition, Mark suggested he donate his fee to charity.
Simon chose Space4Autism, a charity in Macclesfield which offers support for parents and children.
Simon said: “Suffering from autism isn’t easy. It gets far too overlooked and not taken seriously. I find relationships and the social side of things hard.
“Drawing and painting keep me calm and relaxed.
“I went on a kingfisher trip, which just so happened to be Autism Awareness Week and talked to Mark about my situation.
“He was really kind and suggested I donate his fee to charity. I chose Space4Autism for all the good work they do in the town.”
Cheryl Simpson, chief executive at Space4Autism said: “It is so nice when someone you don’t even know does something amazing for us, so a big thank you to Mark.”
●● Simon Oldfield (below) and one of his kingfisher shots