Hastings Direct to partner with Families for Autism

10th July 2012

Award winning insurance broker Hastings Direct has "adopted" Eastbourne charity Families for Autism (charity number 7341569). The 1200+ staff at the company's Bexhill head office plan to fundraise and support the charity throughout the remainder of 2012.

There are over half a million people in the UK today with autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism.

Families for Autism provides support, encouragement and understanding to children and young people on the autistic spectrum and their families within the Eastbourne and East Sussex area.

Jay Wootten, chair of the charity committee, Hastings Direct: "We can help Families for Autism with fundraising, practical support and help to raise its profile with more families on the South Coast whom can benefit from the support of this charity. Parents and carers of autistic children need help with respite care, practical advice and by promoting the work of Families with Autism, we hope we can offer many parents a much needed lifeline."

Mark Jones, chief executive, Families for Autism: "We are totally thrilled that Hastings Direct has adopted us as a chosen charity for the remainder of this year. The support that they can provide both financially and operationally will help make a big difference to the quality of life for all families using our services. We would like to thank Hastings Direct for their kind generosity and look forward to working with them".

About Families for Autism

Founded in August 2010 by parents, carers and other family members who all have children or young people on the autistic spectrum., Families for Autism is a registered charity (7341569) and a non-profit organisation operating within the East Sussex area. We are a passionate, caring group of individuals who experience autism on a daily basis. We have a total understanding of how to meet the needs of all our children and young people. For more information visit www.familiesforautism.com.

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