Youngsters unite to mark World Autism Day

YOUNGSTERS enjoy themselves at the event to mark World Autism Day

YOUNGSTERS enjoy themselves at the event to mark World Autism Day

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DEDICATED volunteers and support groups united to mark World Autism Day in Hucknall.

A showcase event was staged at the town’s leisure centre on Linby Road last Saturday by Hucknall-based Indigo Kids — an organisation set up to help families who have members with autism.

The main focus was on providing information and guidance for those with a wide variety of disabilities and special needs.

Stands were manned by a total of 30 groups, ranging from an NHS dental service to groups of Nottingham University students who work with disabled youngsters.

Indigo Kids, which has drop-in and information centre on Annesley Road, also had a stall.

One of the highlights was an announcement by Portland College in Mansfield, which works with disabled students. The college is to launch a range of courses specifically for autistics aged from 16 to 25.

About 400 visitors went to the event, which also featured a ‘chill out room’, complete with Wii games console, a bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, Easter-egg tombola and handbag and jewellery stall. The day raised £810 — an increase of £300 on last year’s event.

Money will go towards activities and day trips organised by Indigo Kids, which was launched by Hucknall mum Sarah Seaton in 2007.