Opening their home and hearts for autism group

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A Wellingborough couple opened up their home to help raise hundreds of pounds for a charity which supports families who have autistic children.

Fred and Georgina Harris hosted the coffee morning event for friends and neighbours.

The couple’s daughter, Chloe Warren is a member of a parents’ support group in Kettering for families of children and young adults with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

The support group is called ACE (Autistic Children Embraced) and meets at Kingsley Special Academy, Churchill way, Kettering.

Speaking about the coffee morning, Georgina said: “We were truly amazed when so many of our U3A and dancing friends came to support us.

“They had made jam, marmalade, cakes and sewn shopping bags and they were really generous with their donations. Thanks must also go to our neighbour Lis, who only came round to bring some cakes and ended up at the kitchen sink from 11am until 4.30pm.”

Fred, Georgina, Chloe and her son Cameron surprised the members of the ACE group by turning up at their monthly support group meeting in April and presenting a cheque for a staggering £470.

Chairman Jenny Mould said: “We were totally blown away by the generosity and hard work of this amazing family.

“We cannot thank them enough and every penny will go to the families of ACE.

“We have so many new families join us every month and we give them all a parent pack which costs the group £5 to produce. I’m sure some of the money will towards this and also we give the children a treat out during the summer, so some will go towards that.

“When parents and family show their support to ACE like this it makes all the hard work that the Committee do to run ACE worth it. When parents show how much they appreciate ACE it reminds us why we have this group, and also that for every parent we are able to help and support, there are many more that we need to reach out to and also help.”

ACE has no membership fee and everyone who needs support is welcome to join.

ACE meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Kingsley Special Academy, Churchill way, Kettering. Visit the group’s Facebook page, phone 07756 523728 or email for more information.