Charity Ball Marks 50th Anniversary for Autism East Midlands

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018

Henry Normal 150 supporters from across the East Midlands gathered to celebrate the golden anniversary of Autism East Midlands as it hosted its 50th year ball last month. The evening raised £12,000 for the charity.The black tie event celebrated the support the charity has given families affected by autism since 1968. Autism East Midlands has since grown to be the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands, providing support for both adults and children, and improving the quality of life for thousands of families.

Guest of honour was celebrity Henry Normal, who was born in St Ann’s, Nottingham. Known to many locally as the co-founder of the
Nottingham Poetry Festival, Henry is a writer, poet and and award-winning TV and film producer. Henry opened the 50th Anniversary Ball
with a moving speech about his family’s experiences of autism.

He said: “It was such an honour being invited to Autism East Midland’s fiftieth year celebration. As a Nottingham born lad with an autistic son I know the value of the great work being done. It’s not a coincidence that many of the team have connections with autistic family members. It’s obviously not only a campaign or a job for a lot of people but very much a passion. I wish AEM all the best for the next 50 years and beyond.”

A live auction and raffle were the main fundraising activities on the night. Autism East Midlands would like to thank all the businesses and
supporters who have generously supported this 50 th Anniversary Ball, especially lead sponsors C.Ratcliffe’s Builders Limited & intu Victoria and Broadmarsh Centres, as well as Geldards Solicitors.

Jane Howson, Chief Executive Officer of the charity said: “We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for helping to raise an incredible amount! Autism East Midlands has been involved in supporting autistic people and their families for fifty years, and the
evening was a great celebration of that work, as well as an opportunity for us to look to the future. The funds raised from the evening will be used to support our network of family support hubs across the region – so thank you!”

The family support hubs meet in a variety of locations across the region and aim to help families affected by autism create effective peer support networks, as well as giving autistic children and siblings a chance to interact with each other.

More information on the hubs can be found on the Autism East Midlands


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