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

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.