Your fundraiser

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

THIR­TEEN-YEAR-OLD Aaron Don­nelly, of Mac­cles­field, at­tends Space4Autism, a vol­un­tary-run charity set up to sup­port fam­i­lies of chil­dren with autism.

Aaron is rais­ing funds to buy new blinds for the club, needed for chil­dren with sen­sory is­sues, and to pro­vide a day out for the fam­i­lies.

This is Aaron’s third year of fundrais­ing for the charity. In his first year he raised £550 and last year col­lected £1,235, which went to­wards a new club pool table and a trip for 80 mem­bers to the zoo. His cur­rent amount stands at £425, with a tar­get of £1,300 to reach.

Aaron is aim­ing to eat veg­eta­bles for two weeks – kindly do­nated by Thorn­ton Square Co-op. His ‘Veg Chal­lenge’ is par­tic­u­larly tough for him due to Aaron’s sen­sory is­sues with tex­tures, tastes and colour as part of his con­di­tion. Name: Aaron Don­nelly. I am 13 years old and I have autism and ADHD. I have two sis­ters and one younger brother. I go to Wal­ton Hall Acad­emy. What in­spired you to be­come a fundraiser?: My club, Space4Autism, has helped me loads. I feel nor­mal when go I there, I can be me. What do you en­joy most out of do­ing this?: It makes me feel happy that I’m do­ing some­thing good to help oth­ers. What is your great­est achieve­ment?: Win­ning the young achiever of the year award at the Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 lo­cal hero awards 2016. Any plans for the fu­ture?: I love gardening and mak­ing things out of wood, so like to keep do­ing that – also fundraise again. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: Cut­ting lawns, I just love it. What was the best holiday you have been on?: I strug­gle at Christ­mas and can get very stressed, so we go away to Spain for Christ­mas. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: I love go­ing to gar­den cen­tres and B&Q. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: I would buy a farm and a trac­tor and have lots of an­i­mals, as I al­ready have five rab­bits, two guinea pigs, a ham­ster, fish, a cat and a dog. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Eat your veg­eta­bles. Who would you like to in­vite for din­ner?: My grandma. You can do­nate to Aaron’s fundrais­ing ap­peal by vis­it­ing www. just­giv­­ing/Aaron-VegChal­lenge Space4Autism 1B Lowe St, Mac­cles­field SK11 7NJ Email: hot­

Aaron Don­nelly is eat­ing veg­eta­bles for two weeks

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