Co-op Community Fund donation boosts Autism Berkshire’s Helpline

The Autism Berkshire team visited the Henley Road Co-op shop in Caversham on Saturday to collect a donation of more than £2,100 for our Helpline service from the Co-operative Group’s Local Community Fund.

In addition to the cheque for £2,133.49, we received another £102.75 in donations at our information stall outside the shop during the Community Fund Celebration Day.

Autism Berkshire’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, is pictured receiving the cheque from the Co-op’s Faiza Kanwal, right.

Between April and mid-November, shoppers who are Co-operative Group members were able to choose Autism Berkshire to receive 1% of what they spent in shops and on other Co-op services.

This was topped up with fundraising activities by the two Co-op shops in Caversham and Co-operative Funeral Services in Reading, and proceeds from sales of carrier bags, to reach a total of £2,133.49.

Autism Berkshire’s Helpline is the only autism-specific service of its kind in Berkshire.

The free and confidential service is available between 10am and 1pm on weekdays by phone on 01189 594 594 (option 1) or by emailing Face-to-face appointments with a helpline adviser are also available at our office in Reading.

The Helpline offers information and advice to people on the autism spectrum, their parents and carers, and professionals working in the field or who come into contact with people living with autism.

Click here for more information about the Co-op Local Community Fund. It has raised £20m this year for good causes across the UK.