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Family fun day all set to help autism charity

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 29, 2013

From the left, Andrew Stevens, with his son Kyle, wife Jemma and daughter Ashleigh

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A FAMILY who live with autism are pulling out all the stops to raise cash for a charity which supports them.

Eight-year-old Kyle Stevens is autistic but his family say they cope by pulling together as well as having support from the National Autistic Society.

Dad Andrew said of his son’s condition: “Some people say he has severe autism. It’s a social and emotional condition.

“Kyle gets stressed about things and doesn't understand what is being said to him at times.

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“He is a hectic child but also very lovable. The thing is with autistic children; it’s just a case of getting to know them.

“Kyle has strange repetitive behaviours but we cope as a family.

We just do our best in coming together as a family.” Kyle attends Cicely Haughton Special School. Andrew added: “The school provides one night of respite care each week and Kyle also stays with his grandparents two times a week.

“Our daughter, Ashleigh, who is two, is also showing signs of having an autism spectrum disorder.” The Stevens, who live in Leek, will be hosting a fun day at the Westwood Road Recreational Grounds on Sunday, October 13, from 10am until 5pm.

Andrew said: “The fun day we are organising is to raise money for National Autistic Society, but principally to raise awareness within the community about autism, to make people aware that it does exist.

“We also want to give something back to the National Autistic Society as the charity carries out a lot of research into the condition and has really supported us.” A whole host of local businesses and organisations have come on board to support the Stevens with their fun day including Mr Marquee, Child’s Play Leisure, Leek Bouncy Castles, Pit Stop, Pete Tylman Icecreams, Charlie Clown and Aunty Dawn, Pieces of Cake, and Action West End. The fun day is set to include a host of activities including a bouncy castle, rodeo bull, giant slide, bungee run, urban sumo wrestling, arts and crafts, tombola and welly wangling.

There will also be a Pie Eating Competition which is being sponsored by Morrisons.

Anyone wishing to enter needs to get in contact with Andrew by October 4 so he knows how many pies are needed for the contest.

Cheriece Nelson, supporter care advisor at The National Autistic Society, said: “We are delighted that Andrew and his family will be hosting a fun day for the society.

“All funds raised will help to support the work of the NAS.

“Autism is a lifelong development disability which affects around 600,000 people across the UK.

“The NAS is committed to raising essential funds for new and existing services to enable people with autism to reach their full potential.” To find out more about the fun day and to enter the pie eating contest call Andrew on 07751 333895.

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