Actor Ricky Tomlinson backs autism scheme|
LIVERPOOL, UK: The actor Ricky Tomlinson, of The Royle Family, is backing a new scheme to raise cash for Autism Initiatives.
Baker Sayers is stocking the charity’s badges at all its shops to generate funding for people affected by autism in Merseyside.
It is estimated more than 580,000 people in the UK have autism. Symptoms can range from very mild, where people can still function in society, to severe where they are completely unable to take part in normal life. The £1 badges will also be available at One Vision Housing offices in a bid to bolster the fundraising.
Tomlinson visited the One Vision Housing headquarters in Bootle and was given a painting by Elaine Scott, a user of Autism Initiatives’ Sefton.
Ricky said: “I am a firm believer in supporting the efforts of those smaller charities who seem to do fantastic work, but seldom get the recognition they deserve. Autism Initiatives UK has strong links to Merseyside and provides invaluable help and support for individuals here and across the UK suffering with Autism. So go on, buy a pin and make a real difference.”
The chief executive of Autism Initiatives, Jim Murray, said: “This campaign will help generate much needed funds to help provide educational, residential, day, outreach and respite services for people with Autism. Autism is much misunderstood and service users who use our facilities have a wide range of needs. I would like to thank Sayers the Bakers and One Vision Housing for all their support.”
(Source: Formby Times, April 29, 2009)