Bankers' birthday baking boost for autism group

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Bankers' birthday baking boost for autism group

A local branch of NatWest has raised over £280 for a Newham group that supports families affected by autism.

30 May 2012

Bank workers Helena Hurley and Jackie Fitzpatrick donned 60s attire and sold homemade cakes, made by Helena and another bank employee - Wendy Bailey and raffle tickets to mark the 50th birthday of The National Autistic Society (NAS).

The £285.63 raised will go to the local branch of the country's leading charity for people with autism.

"The response to our fundraising efforts has been phenomenal. So many of our customers and staff bought cakes and raffle tickets, and even our Regional Director, Brad Whitehead and Community Engagement Coach, Ruth Sullivan turned up to lend their support. I have two sons with autism so I know first hand the importance of getting the right support at the right time. The money raised will go a long way in ensuring the Newham branch of the NAS can continue to provide vital support for local families."

Helena Hurley, customer service officer at NatWest Stratford branch and committee member of NAS Newham branch

"Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition, affecting around one in one hundred people in the UK. For 50 years, fundraisers have helped the NAS transform the lives of people with autism for the better. Their determination and commitment has helped to give many people with autism the chance to live the life they choose. It was great to see so many join in that effort and celebrate our birthday by fundraising for the NAS in 2012!"

Rebecca Bohling, Head of Supporter Fundraising, NAS

50 years ago, the NAS started as a small group of friends frustrated at the lack of understanding and help available for them and their children. They decided to act for themselves, to transform the lives of everyone affected by autism.  That small group has grown into the UK’s leading autism charity.

To support Helena in her efforts to raise funds for the NAS call the branch number on 07795 127 787 and ask how you can get involved.

If you're interested in fundraising for the NAS, please contact the Supporter Fundraising Team on 08450 509 001.

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