Grant boost for Prospect Park family fun days

The John Sykes Foundation has named Autism Berkshire as the latest recipient of a grant from its Covid Relief Fund to fund family fun day parties during school holidays at Prospect Park Pavilion, using its new play and activity facilities.

John Sykes, the founder and chair of trustees of the Foundation, visited us at No 40 Caversham Road on Monday, September 9, to present the cheque for £1,000.

He is pictured, second left, with our chief executive officer Jane Stanford-Beale, centre, autism development worker Helen Harris, left, family support and training lead Julia Cox, second right, and projects manager Simon Steel.

Jane said: “Families we support are always looking for events where they feel safe and supported and can meet others who understand their experiences. We have secured funding from Reading Borough Council to run some fun days at the pavilion, so the John Sykes Foundation’s grant is a fantastic bonus on top.”

John Sykes said: “We are delighted to be supporting Autism Berkshire with a Covid-19 Relief Fund Grant, learning how the team combine expertise and excellence in education with policy and campaigning to create real change for young people with autism, which really shows true commitment.

“One in 100 people in the UK are autistic. Without understanding, acceptance, and the right support at the right time, there are lifetime consequences for the quality of life for autistic children and young people and their families.

“The Foundation hope that the children, and families enjoy the two family fun days planned for Prospect Park.”

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