UTTOXETER’S only high school has got behind an epic fund-raising challenge to help an autistic boy be united with a specially trained dog.
A form group headed by Karen Fisher at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, in Dove Bank, donated £100 to help bring specially trained dog Tilly over from Ireland to help four-year-old Luke Bennett, of Demontfort Way, Uttoxeter.
Not only was the family presented with a cheque from the school but pupils and teachers alike also showed their support for a cake sale held by Luke’s siblings Alexis and Chase, along with their friends.
The sale, which is the second one to be held at the school, raised £649.16.
With the help from Alleyne’s, Luke’s family has now passed the 75 per cent mark of their fund-raising target.
This means the family has raised 4,398 euros of the 4,858 euros needed.
Mother Andrea told the Advertiser that the families fund-raising efforts has helped to raise more awareness of autism and they have made many new friends with people in the same position.
Mrs Bennett said: “We’ve had some other donations too.
“It’s been amazing we are well passed 75 per cent with a total at 4,398 euros.
“Thanks to all the donations and support we are coming ever closer to our target goal.
“It is just so fabulous. Thank you.”
Luke was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last February but his parents had noticed his behaviour was at times unusual a long time before that but had to battle for a diagnosis.
The family is hoping that Tilly will help control Luke’s behaviour and help him to move forward with his development by stopping him from ‘bolting’ and keeping him calm.
Anyone wanting to help is asked to visit www.facebook.com/LukeandTilly or the charity page at www.mycharity.ie/event/lukes_fundraiser/