IT’S party time!
A group for autistic children in Sheffield is celebrating after being given £1,000 for toys, a trip to the cinema and a day at a play centre by a city charity through The Star’s 12 Days of Christmas appeal.
Asperger’s Carers and Children Together, based in Bells Square in Sheffield city centre, is for families who have a child with high-functioning autism or Aspergers, and also supports parents and siblings.
The charity runs a youth club, teenage club, coffee mornings, day trips and workshops and the project is almost entirely staffed by parent volunteers.
Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance has teamed up with The Star for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, offering young people across the region the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.
Nominations flooded in following an appeal last month and the recipients of the charity cash are now being revealed.
ACCT was nominated by Tracy Woolhouse, whose six-year-old daughter Ella suffers from autism and attends the group.
“There’s simply nothing else in Sheffield that can support our children and help them build social skills and make lifelong friends with similar children,” Tracy said.
“It is also extremely rare to find a service that offers additional support to siblings.”
Tracy added: “The staff at ACCT were amazing with Ella as she struggled to even get through the door on our first visit due to her anxiety issues and phobias.
“Twenty minutes later she was playing a board game with one of the staff.
“I no longer feel isolated by Ella’s autism.”
The children will be enjoying a post-Christmas party worth £500, as well as a special cinema screening at The Showroom worth £350. The autism-friendly screening will have the lights on and the sound turned down.
Sensory toys and Lego worth £100 are also being provided by Help A Child Have A Chance.
ACCT was set up in 2006 by three parents, and there are now over 200 families who have become members.
n See tomorrow’s Star for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.