Perfect Christmas present of £50,000 for autism charity

CELEBRATION TIME -- NORSACA youngsters (from left) Liam Wright, Lennox Nattabus and Luke Ecclestone with the big cheque from the Lottery
CELEBRATION TIME -- NORSACA youngsters (from left) Liam Wright, Lennox Nattabus and Luke Ecclestone with the big cheque from the Lottery
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CHRISTMAS went with a swing for an autism charity based in Bestwood Village after it landed the perfect gift of a £50,000 financial boost.

The Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism (NORSACA) was one of the winners in a prestigious TV giveaway entitled The People’s Millions 2010.

The competition featured groups going head to head to win a bundle of cash from the National Lottery.

Each was featured on ITV’s ‘Central News’ programme to make their bid for funding support and to appeal for the public to back them.

NORSACA went up against the Sincil School for disadvantaged young people in Lincolnshire. But the Bestwood Village charity came out on top.

The cash will now be used to refurbish the playground at its Sutherland House School in Carlton, which caters for children from the Dispatch district and the rest of the county.

The project will provide a more suitable play environment with specialised new equipment.

It will also incorporate a quiet space for relaxation, which will help youngsters deal with anxiety — a common symptom of autism, which is a lifelong condition.

Darren Worthy, fundraising and communications manager at NORSACA, said: “We are all very happy. It was a big surprise for all of us.”