Char­ity ben­e­fits from bird trip

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

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

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