My name is Darren Booth I’m fundraising for The NAS Newtownards branch of The National Autism Society “NAS” this is a charity Close to my heart In 2008 my wife and me “Louise” had a lovely baby girl called Rachel she was 8 pounds and healthy in every way. However, we started to notice she was not meeting her milestones she had delayed crawling, walking, and speech. Her fine and gross motor skills were very poor and she also had poor muscle tone and would fall frequently. By the time she was school age she had been diagnosed with a moderate learning disability and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. 5 years later this year she was also diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder, this was not a surprise to us as parents as the signs were always there and her difficulties were getting more pronounced as she was getting older.
Then we joined NAS Newtownards! what a fantastic Charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome). Based on their experience, and with support from there members, donors and volunteers, they provide life-changing advice to millions of autistic people. In Northern Ireland, NAS provide local specialist help, information and care across Northern Ireland for autistic children and adults, and their families.They offer health and social services including support in your home, short breaks and respite, social groups, relationship and health education, and parent groups.
Also taking part (Greg McCready, William McWilliams, Adrian Kennedy and Freddy McFadden the person with the largest beard at the end of the month will receive a small price( at a very prestigious award ceremony) :-)
This is an extremely worthwhile venture and I would like to thank you in advance for your support in Growvember :-)
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