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The Wessex Autistic Society is delighted to have recently received an interim donation of just over £5,000 from Basepoint Bournemouth.

Basepoint is a trading arm of The Act Foundation, a leading UK grant making charity that will match fund up to £10,000 of charitable fundraising activities for each Basepoint centre’s chosen charity. As Basepoint Bournemouth’s ‘Charity of the Year’ 2012/13, the Wessex Autistic Society has already hosted a number of successful events which will be match funded by the company. In addition to this, staff from Basepoint have raised over £300 from onsite activity, including a Euro sweepstake earlier in the year, all of which has contributed to the £5,057.37 interim donation.

Gemma Saunders, Corporate Partnerships Officer comments; “We have enjoyed a good relationship with Basepoint Bournemouth with previous match funding having afforded an MPV for Portfield School and the school safety crossing to educate school students in road safety awareness. We are delighted to have re-ignited the partnership and both our own school Summer Fayre and Summer Solstice run have contributed to this significant donation, as has Basepoint’s own fundraising activity.”

The Wessex Autistic Society is a leading local charity delivering education, support and care services for people on the autism spectrum across the Wessex region and outreach to anyone else who may need us.  Autism is a lifelong developmental disability for which there is no cure. The Wessex Autistic Society offers help and support to anyone affected by autism.

Carly Thompson, Regional Manager of Basepoint, comments; “We are really pleased to have raised significant funds for such a worthwhile local cause. The team at Basepoint Bournemouth are highly motivated to hold events and ensure we raise the £10,000 match fund target for our chosen charity. We are well on the way having raised half the target sum in total, the proceeds of which will all go towards the charity’s free Information and Advice service.”

The Wessex Autistic Society’s Information and Advice service offers FREE advice and guidance on issues relating to autism and associated difficulties. Please call the charity’s specialist advice team on 01305 213135 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. For further information about The Wessex Autistic Society please visit www.twas.org.uk.