THE family of an autistic boy desperately fund-raising for a specially trained pooch have thanked everyone who supported their bake sale bringing them ever closer to 50 per cent of their target.
Andrea Bennett, of Demontfort Way, Uttoxeter, has thanked everyone for supporting the family as they desperately attempt to raise 4,858 euros to help bring Tilly over from Ireland to help her son Luke who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The youngster was diagnosed with autism last February but the family had known for a lot longer that something was not right due to his behaviour.
With support from friends and businesses, Luke’s mother, father Paul and siblings Alexis and Chase braved the freezing weather to stand outside Uttoxeter Town Hall selling cakes to busy shoppers.
As a reward for their efforts, the family raised £183.88 bringing them ever closer to reaching 50 per cent of their target.
Mrs Bennett said: “We did fabulously this weekend.
“We have such a lovely community, Paul, and his mum, Alexis and Chase were all out on Saturday and just so amazed by all the generosity and the interest shown.
“Paul’s mum and her co-worker at CL Electronics really pulled together and brought us £200 for Luke and Tilly.
“Our Hannah at our local Tesco donated baked goods, Greggs donated two trays of cupcakes, Morrisons in Coalville donated £50 of cakes and supplies and Costco donated a large cake.
“It was so kind of everyone.”
The money raised will be added to the £701.69 raised by Alexis through a bake sale at Thomas Alleyne’s High School.
It was so successful the school has asked her to hold another sale.
Since starting the fund-raising efforts the family has been ‘overwhelmed’ with the support they have received, with families of other children with similar problems also getting in touch to share their experiences.
To add to their delight, the family has been contacted by Joe Fowler who is looking for puppies for a new show on BBC2.
Although Tilly would be too old to appear on the show, he wanted to speak to them in the hope of being directed to others who are in a similar situation.
The four-year-old’s family is hoping that Tilly will help Luke to move forward and also keep him safe as his mother said he is a ‘bolter’ and does not have any awareness of danger or strangers.
She will also keep him calm when he becomes over-stimulated, particularly in crowded areas such as shopping centres, which will hopefully prevent him from throwing a tantrum when he cannot cope.
More information on how to help the family with the fund-raising is available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LukeandTilly or the charity page at www.mycharity.ie/event/lukes_fundraiser/