Group’s cafe fundraiser is a piece of cake

The Oban Times - - News -

THE LOCHABER Autism Sup­port Group ( LASG) raised £ 807.78 by hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing in the café in Fort Wil­liam Rail­way Sta­tion on Sun­day (Aug 14).

This is the third an­nual cof­fee morn­ing the group has held to raise funds for trips and treats for the chil­dren.

The group is made up of par­ents of autis­tic chil­dren. There are cur­rently 17 chil­dren in the group, nine of whom are on the autis­tic spec­trum. The other chil­dren are their sib­lings.

The group meets on the morn­ing of the first Satur­day of ev­ery month in the Sal­va­tion Hall for the chil­dren to play and learn new so­cial skills while the par­ents can have a cup of tea and chat with oth­ers par­ents in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion. Amie Wal­lace, chair­per­son of the sup­port group said: ‘ We have a cof­fee morn­ing once a year. The café doesn’t open on a Sun­day so we get to use it. Dave and Brian who run it are very good to let us take over.

‘ The money raised goes to­wards buy­ing stuff for the chil­dren or to take them on trips that they wouldn’t nor­mally get to do as it can be quite dif­fi­cult.

‘ We also have sen­sory equip­ment for them.

‘ We all run the sup­port group to­gether, there’s no in­put from pro­fes­sion­als, we do it all our­selves.’

Fa­ther Don­ald MacKinnon of St Mary’s church en­cour­aged his parish­ioners to do­nate the price of a cup of cof­fee if they were un­able to at­tend on the day. The church raised £124.52 to­wards the to­tal which the group are very grate­ful for.

Ev­ery year the lo­cal branch of McDon­alds choses a lo­cal char­ity to sup­port, and in the last year they chose to help the Autism Sup­port Group.

Mrs Wal­lace said: ‘ We were very lucky to have McDon­ald’s sup­port; they ran a raf­fle for us.’

The group are look­ing to tak­ing the chil­dren on a trip on the steam train and also try­ing to get in­stru­ments for mu­sic ther­apy.

They are al­ways on the look­out for new mem­bers and for ac­tiv­i­ties to help the chil­dren and for them to en­joy.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the LASG Face­book page.

Mem­bers of the Lochaber Autism Sup­port Group took over the café at Fort Wil­liam rail­way sta­tion on Sun­day to fundraise.

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