Dawn’s fundraising date with autism

A big-hearted Fraserburgh woman made a date with a leading autism charity when she sold fundraising calendars throughout the area.

Monday, 27th May 2013, 2:35 pm
Dawn (second left) is pictured with Niall Hay (holding cheque), who is supported by Tramaine House, along with staff from Tramaine House and Cheers Bar in Fraserburgh.

Local folk snapped up the calendars, featuring the friends and families of people with autism, and Dawn Russell (29), raised an incredible £2,444 for Tramaine House, The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland’s supported living service in Peterhead.

Tramaine House staff, who had been fundraising for much-needed outdoor activity equipment for the service, were thrilled with Dawn’s donation.

An estimated 50,000 Scots have autism, with nearly 2500 with the condition thought to live in Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

Autism is a developmental disability, and people with autism can experience severe challenges in communication and understanding the world around them.

Tramaine House has been part of the Peterhead community since 2007. Its trained staff support adults to live independently in their own homes, growing their life skills and confidence, and encouraging them to be a valuable part of their community.

Anna Cooper, head of services for The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland said, “The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland is so appreciative of the time, dedication and imagination Dawn has put into her fundraising. It’s nothing short of fantastic.

“The right support at the right time is crucial when you have autism. It can mean the difference between accessing the work, social and employment opportunities most of us take for granted, and a life of loneliness and isolation.

“The money Dawn has raised will make a positive difference to the lives of people with autism living in Aberdeenshire.”

NAS Scotland in Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire supports local people with autism and their families, including community outreach, supported living and the Transitions Project. Its outreach service supports young adults to gain life skills that help them link in with their local communities.