Just WOW – we cannot thank everyone at the Co-op enough for your support…. Jon Avery you are an absolute star, starting out with a few charity boxes to this…. just wonderful – thank you so so much from everyone at Space4Autism

A Macclesfield-based autism charity is celebrating after receiving a £40,000 funding boost from the Co-op.
Around 180 Co-op food stores across the region have been fundraising for Space4Autism to fund the parent-led charity’s support and services for families with Autism, and its work to raise awareness of Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in local communities.

Money was raised for the charity throughout summer with events including: cake and bake sales, hamper raffles, fancy dress and sponsored walks.

The funds will enable the charity to run its clubs and events for all ages, including: its Open Space sessions with access to professional advice and guidance; S4A football club; parent/carer get togethers; youth groups and, social skills workshops – all in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Cheryl Simpson, CEO and Co-Founder of Space4Autism, said: “We are overwhelmed. It is the generosity of volunteers and fundraisers which enables us to provide the care and support for young people and their families. We were thrilled when the Co-op said they would like to work with us, but the amount raised is beyond our wildest dreams. In addition, our partnership with the Co-op has played a key part in raising awareness of Autism and ASC conditions in communities across the North West. The money raised will make a huge difference, and we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough.”

Paul Faulkner, Regional Manager for the Co-op, said: “As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference locally. Getting closer to what our Members and customers want, need and care about. The whole team has thrown themselves into this fundraising bid, and were moved by the work of Space4Autism. It is amazing what can be achieved when you work together, and I am incredibly proud of the whole team. I would like to say a huge thank you to colleagues, Members and customers – all donations, no matter how small, have added up to make a big difference to children, young people and their families in our area with autism.”

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