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The Fred Foundation Newsletter February 2011

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 01 2011

 Dear Friend,    

 A belated Happy New Year to you all and apologies for sending out the January 2011 newsletter in February!

 The Fred Foundation is entering its 5th year in a better position than ever. Despite a reduced number of high profile events in 2010 the charity has been quietly busy behind the scenes, with its aim of “helping as many children with autism and their families as possible” increasingly being realised.  

Some of you will know that at the beginning of  last year Fred’s parents moved house in order to get suitable secondary provision for him.  After yet another fight with their new Local Authority, they thankfully won funding for Fred without having to go to a third Tribunal.  They became the first example of the charity giving a child the all important consistency of education provision by providing a funding bridge between the Education Authority’s obligations.

(The Borers still also play an active role fundraising for The Fred!)

Another family we support have also just heard that they won their appeal to get their daughter funded by their Local Authority which is thrilling.  It’s a great example of  how we help families best –  freeing them up to fight their particular Local  Authority by alleviating the worry of having to meet the costs of their child’s specific educational needs.

We are supporting several families at the moment but we can now say we have the potential to support more.  We are working hard to tell all the relevant bodies that we have enough funds to take on new families and on that basis we are actively looking to help autistic children whose parents have lost at Tribunal and are appealing against the decision.    

We get a lot of enquiries and the ones that meet our criteria for funding are so grateful for our help.  I wish I could show you the letters and let you listen to the conversations I have with these parents. They are all at their wits end

thinking nobody can help. You may hear some of their voices on the blog over the next few months. (www.thefredfoundation.org). We also hope they will now in turn hold their own fundraising events to help The Fred Foundation.

As you know, we have always wanted to fund as many children as possible and in 2010 we started to attract donations which were not event related.

In particular, two friends of parents with an autistic child (who were struggling to get a proper provision for him) and intending to set up a charity, admired our work and quickly realised that The Fred Foundation’s aim was the same as theirs.  Their fundraising efforts, which included a very successful dinner over which our Patron Lord Guthrie presided, combined with The Foundation’s ongoing projects, have put the charity in a healthy position for 2011. 

Meanwhile, we are supporting that family and their child whilst their case is being heard in the High Court.

 We have hired an accountancy firm to do our accounts a job previously done by our accountancy trained Trustee Suzanne Thompson. Many thanks to her for all her hard work to date.  (As a matter of course you can see our accounts via the Charity Commission’s web site).

 Of course, the serious business of fundraising continued in 2010 by our regular supporters.

 One amazing piece of fundraising was by Matt Gower who decided to take on the epic challenge of swimming The English Channel.  6 weeks after falling short by 1 mile, Matt got back in the water and after 16 hours battling tides and extreme exhaustion, he made it, raising over £2,000 in the process – a fantastic achievement.

As an easier option Duff Borer ran The London Marathon raising £6,500 along the way.  He is running it again this year, definitely for the last time!

After adopting The Fred Foundation as their corporate charity MediaVest truly threw their weight behind some great initiatives.  A Spring Photography Competition with the winners judged by the photo editor of The National Geographic Magazine raised over £2,000.  Once again they have sent Fred Foundation Christmas cards to all their clients and various members of staff have contributed in their own way including donating monies raised from leaving do’s.

We are indebted as always to Ben and Sandra Reynolds of Reynolds who have once again organised all the catering for our events as well as raising money through money boxes at both their sandwich shops.

 Roberto Mori and family continue to raise money for us whether through money boxes in Roberto’s Gallo Nero delis or the Mori children holding table top sales.

Chris Walmsley, Andrew Brown, Graham Monk, Mark Alhadeff, Deborah Blank, Max Tottenham (and Duff) of the band Telford 6, Richard Haworth and  Martin Galton and Dan Cockerill of Bang Said The Gun held a “Fred Rocks” gig at The Half Moon in Herne Hill in November.  A fantastic night raised over £3,500 and there promises to another gig in November 2011.

 Martin Galton carries on doing all The Fred artwork for our posters and our beautiful invitations.  I am sure you will agree that each one is very special.

 After the success of Susan Newell’s fabulous tour of the V & A last year we hope to add both another tour of the Wallace Collection and possibly the V & A so do watch this space. Thank you so much once again to Susan and to all the people who attended her fabulous event last year.

  Of course, we could not have done any of this without your help.  We are especially grateful for the help we got and carry on getting from our staunch early supporters, whether it be through their ongoing monthly or special on off donations, or their dogged attendance at our events whenever they arise!   You know who you are and we are eternally grateful. 

 Without you there would be no Fred so please give yourselves a slap on the back.  Who would have thought at our inception five years ago we would be able to go on and  help so many families. 

 We are sure Fred would be very proud if he were able to express it.

 Thank you so much.

2009 Roundup

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Happy New Year to you all!
As the Fred Foundation enters its third year, we would like to look back at what has been a great year for us, both in terms of fundraising, and also in our development as a charity.
But first an apology – it’s been a long time since we last sent out a newsletter – one or two things we wanted to announce kept getting delayed, and before we knew it the year had gone!
But, we do have important new announcements to make which we are very excited about.
We are delighted that we have been able to take on and fund education programmes for more children with autism in 2009, something that we are obviously planning to build on in 2010.  We have also forged links with leading autism schools to explore how The Foundation can fund pre-school education.  This will allow children to realise their potential once they attend those special schools.
We are very proud to announce that General the Lord Guthrie GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, a well respected voice for a number of charities, has agreed to become our Patron.   We will be working hard with him to expand our knowledge and spheres of influence.
Our website has had a huge revamp and now includes our newsletters and events diary.  It will also include a blog – A Day in the Life of a Parent of an Autistic Child, and we hope it will give you an insight into the ups and downs of living with autism.
You can still access the site from www.thefredfoundation.org  so please do have a look.  All of Martin Galton’s marvellous artwork for our event posters is also on the site. We would like to thank ad agency VCCP for making their staff available to re-do the web site and in particular huge thanks to Rooney Caruthers and Allan Ward.
This year has been another busy one for fundraising and there have been many who have contributed in lots of different ways, so here goes!
We are always grateful at The Fred Foundation to those who raise money without any help from us!  In this respect a huge thank you to Andrew Brown and his 5 friends from Universal Pictures, who bravely completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing the 3 highest mountains in Britain in under 24 hours and raising a huge £9,000.  A marvellously funny account of the trip is on our website.  Thank you to Andrew Brown, Andrew Ryan, Steve Abraham, Neil Wirasinha, Richard Haworth and Carlos!
Andrew Brown was also instrumental in securing our second premiere film night in March, this time a screening of Rock The Boat at The Apollo West End.  A great time was had by all and we raised £1,500.
Rooney and Janie Carruthers and Charles Vallance worked tirelessly and corralled a whole host of friends for a day of fun and cricket at the Batting For Fred day in September coordinated by Karyn Pankhurst from VCCP.  A hotly contested Twenty 20 match decided the winners of The Carruthers Cup, with a hog roast, face painting, fair ground games, a raffle and a lively auction all going towards raising over £5,000.  Many thanks not only to the winning bidders but to the contributors,  Francesca Zedda-James (Easy Living Magazine), Krishna Montgomery at Monty PR (Bliss Beauty products), Kate and Ian Cheshire (B & Q Vouchers), Monica Manoras at Channel 4 (T4 tickets and Chapters Restaurant vouchers), Miky Vallance (Jack Wills Vouchers) and Amanda Ahl (a massage therapist).  The Auction prizes sourced by Charles and Rooney had to be seen to be believed ranging from a signed England rugby shirt to a day’s top class fly fishing. Big thanks too to all the forcibly volunteered auctioneers on the day.  Lastly and by no means least, thank you to Mike and Rosie Balcomb and all from Brookland Village CC.  Some really great photographs of the event will be uploaded
to our website so check them out!
In early October, The Fred Foundation was thrilled to host an exhibition of art by autistic and special needs children on the theme of Summer.  Hosted by the wonderful staff at the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in Brooks Mews, Mayfair,   guests had a marvellous evening drinking The Fred Foundation Champagne, provided by Richard Askam of Intervino, and enjoying canapés provided by Ben Reynolds of the Reynolds sandwich shops, served with the help of Henry Martin. The exhibition was curated by our long standing supporter Martin Galton, who chose, framed and hung an eclectic selection of art which sold like hot cakes.  A fully illustrated programme, which included photographs of the art by Rosie Barnes plus flyers for the event was kindly produced by Jeff Taub at VCCP. The event raised over £2,000.  A huge thank you to Chiara Secchi and the children of The Chelsea Group of Children School and Margaret Amey and the children of St Mary’s School, Bexhill-on-Sea Special School.  Thanks also to Giles Baker-Smith who introduced us to the wonderful Sarah Myerscough Gallery.  Sarah has also kindly offered the gallery to the charity to hold another event next year which is amazing!
Anna Dow of the South London shop Tickled Pink, hosted a fashion show during the summer.  A combination of pink champagne, hot fashion and music raised £1,800.
Stuart Milligan, star of The Jersey Boys and all the crew at The Prince Edward Theatre arranged for a bucket collection at the end of a number of shows raising over £2,000.
The Willow Nursery, in Clapham did a sponsored ‘toddle’ in the heat of the summer and raised over £900. Thanks to Georgina Fowle for introducing us to Alice Irvine the Head and Georgie North.
Another nursery, Crescent III, took us on as their charity of the year and worked hard, with cake sales amongst other events to raise £1,207.50.  Thank you to the Head, Arna Skipwith, Jude Brown, Tina Laing, Chantal Waight, Domi West, and Christopher and Sophie Mills.
Staying with schools but moving up age groups, The Holy Ghost School continued its unflagging support by organising a whole school sponsored walk around Wandsworth Common on 18th May.  They raised over £950, a massive amount for such a small school and once again had a Fred Foundation fundraising stall at their Summer Fayre.  Thanks go to Head Miss Lawless, Miss Elwes, Mrs Jones and all the parents and teachers at HG.  Streatham and Clapham High School flew our banners and balloons at their summer fete and raised £xxx.  Many thanks to the Heads, Miss Mitchell and Miss Burke and also staunch supporter Jude Brown again and Fiona Brent of the PTA.
Waitrose, Balham, included us in their Local Communities Support initiative and we were voted top local charity that month raising £450 so thanks to all of you who put the little green counters in our direction.
Also thanks to Manuela and Campbell McDermid who ran the Glasgow and Edinburgh 10ks for us and raised over £200
Some friends keep on quietly supporting us and they know who they are!  I have already mentioned Ben Reynolds, but just want to thank him again for organising a free coffee day at his sandwich shop, which raised over £600 plus supplying canapés at the Rock The Boat screening. Thank you Matt Lord at Union Coffee who supplied the coffee!  Ben has opened a new Reynolds shop on Charlotte St and collection boxes are both there and at his flagship shop on Eastcastle St.
Thanks again to Roz Bristowe for all her advice on charity fundraising this year.  She plans to go on helping us and for that we are very grateful.
We would also like to thank the Mori family for their unstinting fundraising efforts, especially the Mori children who held a table top sale in the snow outside their house!  Roberto still fills his Fred Foundation collection boxes in his wonderful Gallo Nero Deli in Islington!
We have raised funds from silent auctions – many thanks to Charles Vallance for organising the Lucky Voice golden ticket which was snapped up and also Grace Letley for organising VIP tickets to Status Quo at Wembley.
Susan Newell ex-curator of The Wallace Collection gave another excellent tour and promises another guided tour in 2010, this time around the Ceramics Collection of the V & A.
Tadgh Marsden cycled miles with his Mum along canal towpaths in Lincolnshire this summer to raise money for us, whilst Andy and Rob Hill, Michael Bains, Elliot McCafferty and Duff Borer raised £500 in a sponsored cycle ride.
The artist Brian Williams has donated a portrait or a sitting – all funds will go to The Fred Foundation.
So we look forward to 2010.  We are delighted that the advertising media company Mediavest, after helping in various ways in the past including sending a Fred Foundation themed Christmas card to all their clients in 2009, has decided to adopt us as their corporate charity and a number of events are being planned by their staff.
As usual we have a number of ideas for this year including another Comedy Night organised by the fabulous John Moloney, with a date and venue yet to be confirmed.
Young Mimi Smith has gone and volunteered to climb Mount Kilimanjaro so the 3 Peaks boys had better watch out, plus rumours abound of her throwing a big party in aid of The Fred Foundation.
Other ‘brave’ challenges include Duff Borer committing himself to The London Marathon in April and Matt Gower of Mediavest swimming the English Channel in June.
Our new website allows you to make suggestions and comments, so please let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for other events. As you can see we are game for anything!
And now a bit of news about the boy who first inspired the charity. He continues to do well and as many of you know has recently moved with the family to start a country life in Buckinghamshire (not far!).  He has yet to start his secondary special school in Bucks as they have been snowed in for three days but he has shown he is a total daredevil, sledging every day with gusto!  He was even more interested in Christmas this year and opened every single present which is a huge change from the sad little boy whose pile of presents was still in the corner of the room at the end of Christmas Day a few years ago.
Mum and Dad are still very much involved as fundraisers for the charity and on that front nothing has changed.
Once again thanks again to everyone – onwards and upwards for 2010!
Felicity Ellacombe
Trustee
The Fred Foundation
hello@thefredfoundation.org
www.thefredfoundation.org

Happy New Year to you all!

As the Fred Foundation enters its third year, we would like to look back at what has been a great year for us, both in terms of fundraising, and also in our development as a charity.

But first an apology – it’s been a long time since we last sent out a newsletter – one or two things we wanted to announce kept getting delayed, and before we knew it the year had gone!

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But, we do have important new announcements to make which we are very excited about.

We are delighted that we have been able to take on and fund education programmes for more children with autism in 2009, something that we are obviously planning to build on in 2010.  We have also forged links with leading autism schools to explore how The Foundation can fund pre-school education.  This will allow children to realise their potential once they attend those special schools.

We are very proud to announce that General the Lord Guthrie GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, a well respected voice for a number of charities, has agreed to become our Patron.   We will be working hard with him to expand our knowledge and spheres of influence.

Our website has had a huge revamp and now includes our newsletters and events diary.  It will also include a blog – A Day in the Life of a Parent of an Autistic Child, and we hope it will give you an insight into the ups and downs of living with autism.

You can still access the site from www.thefredfoundation.org  so please do have a look.  All of Martin Galton’s marvellous artwork for our event posters is also on the site. We would like to thank ad agency VCCP for making their staff available to re-do the web site and in particular huge thanks to Rooney Caruthers and Allan Ward.

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This year has been another busy one for fundraising and there have been many who have contributed in lots of different ways, so here goes!

We are always grateful at The Fred Foundation to those who raise money without any help from us!  In this respect a huge thank you to Andrew Brown and his 5 friends from Universal Pictures, who bravely completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing the 3 highest mountains in Britain in under 24 hours and raising a huge £9,000.  A marvellously funny account of the trip is on our website.  Thank you to Andrew Brown, Andrew Ryan, Steve Abraham, Neil Wirasinha, Richard Haworth and Carlos!

Andrew Brown was also instrumental in securing our second premiere film night in March, this time a screening of Rock The Boat at The Apollo West End.  A great time was had by all and we raised £1,500.

Rooney and Janie Carruthers and Charles Vallance worked tirelessly and corralled a whole host of friends for a day of fun and cricket at the Batting For Fred day in September coordinated by Karyn Pankhurst from VCCP.  A hotly contested Twenty 20 match decided the winners of The Carruthers Cup, with a hog roast, face painting, fair ground games, a raffle and a lively auction all going towards raising over £5,000.  Many thanks not only to the winning bidders but to the contributors,  Francesca Zedda-James (Easy Living Magazine), Krishna Montgomery at Monty PR (Bliss Beauty products), Kate and Ian Cheshire (B & Q Vouchers), Monica Manoras at Channel 4 (T4 tickets and Chapters Restaurant vouchers), Miky Vallance (Jack Wills Vouchers) and Amanda Ahl (top massage therapist).  The Auction prizes sourced by Charles and Rooney had to be seen to be believed ranging from a signed England rugby shirt to a day’s top class fly fishing. Big thanks too to all the forcibly volunteered auctioneers on the day.  Lastly and by no means least, thank you to Mike and Rosie Balcomb and all from Brookland Village CC. Some really great photographs of the event will be uploaded to our website so check them out!

In early October, The Fred Foundation was thrilled to host an exhibition of art by autistic and special needs children on the theme of Summer.  Hosted by the wonderful staff at the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in Brooks Mews, Mayfair,   guests had a marvellous evening drinking The Fred Foundation Champagne, provided by Richard Askam of Intervino, and enjoying canapés provided by Ben Reynolds of the Reynolds sandwich shops, served with the help of Henry Martin. The exhibition was curated by our long standing supporter Martin Galton, who chose, framed and hung an eclectic selection of art which sold like hot cakes.  A fully illustrated programme, which included photographs of the art by Rosie Barnes plus flyers for the event was kindly produced by Jeff Taub at VCCP. The event raised over £2,000.  A huge thank you to Chiara Secchi and the children of The Chelsea Group of Children School and Margaret Amey and the children of St Mary’s School, Bexhill-on-Sea Special School.  Thanks also to Giles Baker-Smith who introduced us to the wonderful Sarah Myerscough Gallery.  Sarah has also kindly offered the gallery to the charity to hold another event next year which is amazing!

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Anna Dow of the South London shop Tickled Pink, hosted a fashion show during the summer.  A combination of pink champagne, hot fashion and music raised £1,800.

Stuart Milligan, star of The Jersey Boys and all the crew at The Prince Edward Theatre arranged for a bucket collection at the end of a number of shows raising over £2,000.

The Willow Nursery, in Clapham did a sponsored ‘toddle’ in the heat of the summer and raised over £900. Thanks to Georgina Fowle for introducing us to Alice Irvine the Head and Georgie North.

Another nursery, Crescent III, took us on as their charity of the year and worked hard, with cake sales amongst other events to raise £1,207.50.  Thank you to the Head, Arna Skipwith, Jude Brown, Tina Laing, Chantal Waight, Domi West, and Christopher and Sophie Mills.

Staying with schools but moving up age groups, The Holy Ghost School continued its unflagging support by organising a whole school sponsored walk around Wandsworth Common on 18th May.  They raised over £950, a massive amount for such a small school and once again had a Fred Foundation fundraising stall at their Summer Fayre.  Thanks go to Head Miss Lawless, Miss Elwes, Mrs Jones and all the parents and teachers at HG.  Streatham and Clapham High School flew our banners and balloons at their summer fete and raised £950.  Many thanks to the Heads, Miss Mitchell and Miss Burke and also staunch supporter Jude Brown again and Fiona Brent of the PTA.

Waitrose, Balham, included us in their Local Communities Support initiative and we were voted top local charity that month raising £450 so thanks to all of you who put the little green counters in our direction.

Also thanks to Manuela and Campbell McDermid who ran the Glasgow and Edinburgh 10ks for us and raised over £200

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Some friends keep on quietly supporting us and they know who they are!  I have already mentioned Ben Reynolds, but just want to thank him again for organising a free coffee day at his sandwich shop, which raised over £600 plus supplying canapés at the Rock The Boat screening. Thank you Matt Lord at Union Coffee who supplied the coffee!  Ben has opened a new Reynolds shop on Charlotte St and collection boxes are both there and at his flagship shop on Eastcastle St.

Thanks again to Roz Bristowe for all her advice on charity fundraising this year.  She plans to go on helping us and for that we are very grateful.

We would also like to thank the Mori family for their unstinting fundraising efforts, especially the Mori children who held a table top sale in the snow outside their house!  Roberto still fills his Fred Foundation collection boxes in his wonderful Gallo Nero Deli in Islington!

We have raised funds from silent auctions – many thanks to Charles Vallance for organising the Lucky Voice golden ticket which was snapped up and also Grace Letley for organising VIP tickets to Status Quo at Wembley.

Susan Newell ex-curator of The Wallace Collection gave another excellent tour and promises another guided tour in 2010, this time around the Ceramics Collection of the V & A.

Tadgh Marsden cycled miles with his Mum along canal towpaths in Lincolnshire this summer to raise money for us, whilst Andy and Rob Hill, Michael Bains, Elliot McCafferty and Duff Borer raised £500 in a sponsored cycle ride.

The artist Brian Williams has donated a portrait or a sitting – all funds will go to The Fred Foundation.

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So we look forward to 2010. We are delighted that the advertising media company Mediavest, after helping in various ways in the past including sending a Fred Foundation themed Christmas card to all their clients in 2009, has decided to adopt us as their corporate charity and a number of events are being planned by their staff.

As usual we have a number of ideas for this year including another Comedy Night organised by the fabulous John Moloney, with a date and venue yet to be confirmed.

Young Mimi Smith has gone and volunteered to climb Mount Kilimanjaro so the 3 Peaks boys had better watch out, plus rumours abound of her throwing a big party in aid of The Fred Foundation.

Other ‘brave’ challenges include Duff Borer committing himself to The London Marathon in April and Matt Gower of Mediavest swimming the English Channel in June.

Our new website allows you to make suggestions and comments, so please let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for other events. As you can see we are game for anything!

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And now a bit of news about the boy who first inspired the charity. He continues to do well and as many of you know has recently moved with the family to start a country life in Buckinghamshire (not far!).  He has yet to start his secondary special school in Bucks as they have been snowed in for three days but he has shown he is a total daredevil, sledging every day with gusto!  He was even more interested in Christmas this year and opened every single present which is a huge change from the sad little boy whose pile of presents was still in the corner of the room at the end of Christmas Day a few years ago.

Mum and Dad are still very much involved as fundraisers for the charity and on that front nothing has changed.

Once again thanks again to everyone – onwards and upwards for 2010!

Felicity Ellacombe

Trustee

The Fred Foundation

hello@thefredfoundation.org

www.thefredfoundation.org

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June 2008

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We have passed our year end and successfully supported our first child through their own first year at a specialist school.

As of the June  we have received  £34,000.

The Trustees are busy thinking of new ways to advertise and support the work of The Fred Foundation. Increasingly we are making presentations to companies and interested groups about the charity. I thought you might  like to see what we have coming up and the sorts of projects we have in mind.

We have just finished registering with Justgiving, Everyclick and CAF  on line donor sites. See:

www.justgiving.com/fredfoundation/supportus
www.charitiestrust.org/charities/thefredfoundation/index.html

If you are going to arrange a fundraising event on our behalf these may be of benefit to you. The Justgiving staff are particularly helpful and can set up a dedicated site for you to raise money for a specific event.

Forthcoming events include – A series of lunches to introduce the charity. These are mainly advertising events, but various items will be available to raffle. We have just held two lunches and raised £1200. Local people have offered to hold lunches for us to raise awareness but also as fundraisers. I have also been asked to speak about the charity at some lunches.

2nd July Andrew Brown from Universal has very kindly supplied The Fred Foundation with the film Mamma Mia for a private showing! Pearl and Dean, the cinema advertising company, have offered us a private cinema to show the film before its general release. MediaVest are making the evening even more special by providing drinks and Ben Reynolds is kindly providing canapés. The film is being touted as this year’s summer smash!  You should have already received an email about this event. If not, please contact Felicity on hello@thefredfoundation.org

Novemberexact date to be confirmed. A performance of Carnival of the Animals at St Luke’s Church, Clapham. Jocelyn Abbott of the piano duo Abbott and O’Gorman, has offered their services free. This will be a ‘childrens’ concert with a celebrity narrator. We have a number in mind who are local and known to the trustees.

Other Fundraising ideas.

* Two south London private schools, local to us, each support a charity every year. Both are being canvassed at the moment.
*Various supporters running the Marathon
*A West End sandwich shop, Reynolds, 34 Eastcastle Street, W1 has adopted us as their charity of choice. They even have a sandwich which when purchased triggers a donation to The Fred Foundation each time it is bought. Please help them to help us by going to visit them if you are in the area.
*A comedy night will be held some time in the Autumn at Jongleurs in Battersea. A top line up is promised and is guaranteed to be a great night out.
* Carol singing by a local choir

The picture looks rosy, but we are keen to maintain the momentum as unforeseen circumstances often throw a spanner in the works!

Meanwhile, Fred is continuing his progress. He is going through a difficult stage at the moment both for him and the family. He is obsessed with tidiness (in his eyes) and tipping things out of bottles, cups etc. Duff and Lucinda often come downstairs in the morning to a kitchen floor covered in mess. He also gets very distressed when certain things are not in exactly the same place, and is constantly up and down moving them very slightly. It is exhausting for him, but he cannot help himself. We think the tipping out of liquids may also be to do with the tidy mania.

Coming into a kitchen covered in liquids of various sorts is not what you need after a busy day, especially as when you are cleaning up Fred is busy tipping them out again behind your back. He knows it is wrong to do it and you can see that he expects to be told off. But, you can also see that he cannot stop himself, and everyone gets very upset!

Interestingly, the experts did think that this stage is encouraging in a developmental way (although it has now so taken over his life that it is detrimental). He is becoming more aware of his environment and wanting things to be his way. We hope all developmental improvements will not be so wearing. At the moment, the family are consulting the school, a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychotherapist to see how they can help.

A long newsletter this time. We hope you can help us in some of the projects we are undertaking and think of some new ways to help us.

Onwards and upwards!

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March 2008

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Lots of things have been happening since we last communicated with you. In January we finally received our registration details from the Charity Commission, our number is 1122197. We are also registered for Gift Aid with the Tax Office. This will not begin until the start of our next fiscal year on the 10th May 2008.

As you can see we have sorted out our logo and the web site is up and running on www.thefredfoundation.org . This was organised for us by Martin Galton at no cost to the FF. The trustees are very grateful for the support he has given us in that respect and in others, as he has organised a private viewing of pictures that he has painted and the proceeds all went to the Fred Foundation.

Do please have a look at the website.  Any comments and suggestions will be gratefully received.

Our registration has led to a flood of letters from companies wishing to advise us and invest our funds! We have also had requests for help, which is distressing, as at the moment we can only fund Fred.
Our newness is an advantage and a disadvantage. On the one hand we are a blank sheet for a corporation to take on and use, and on the other, nobody knows who we are! For a lot of funding organisations we have to show that we have already raised funds in the order of £500,000 to be able to apply for more!  To date we have raised over £22,000.

We have been hard at work sending out letters, not only to elicit funds but also to advertise the fact that the charity exists. In particular we are looking for a corporate patron and a famous name to support us. If you know of anyone who might help us please let me know.

We have also been in contact with both the major schools for specialist teaching of autistic children in London, Rainbow and Treehouse. We hope to be working with them to raise funds, and of course eventually send children there. They have been very positive about our charity and will advertise us to their parents etc.

Now we are registered we are arranging a number of fund raising events, and I hope to be able to announce some details soon.  Charles Vallance (a trustee) has organised a leaflet about the charity and our aims, again at no costs to the charity. Many thanks to him. If you would like us to send you some copies to distribute please e mail us on hello@thefredfoundation.org .

The trustees would be very grateful if you could take the time to think how you might help the charity. Do you have children at a school that supports a charity, for instance Fred’s old school did some carol singing to raise money for us?

Would your office like to take us on as their charity? Are you running the marathon? Do you have a friend who runs a big company that might support us? Can you spare the time to organise a coffee morning, or series of lunches to raise money and advertise the charity? How about a sale?

If you think you can help, let us know, at hello@thefredfoundation.org

In the meantime Fred flourishes at his school and is starting to learn his letters. I was impressed by how much he has moved forward when I had to take him home from school a few weeks ago. What would have been a nightmare journey of screaming in terror, because Mummy wasn’t there and the car was parked in a different street to usual, AND we had to back up for a lorry that got stuck in front of us etc. was all calmly received after an explanation!

Fred has also been able to take advantage of some free Music Therapy sessions that his mother has managed to arrange out of school, which seem to be very beneficial. Over the winter he has suffered from a bad bout of sickness, which put his  ability to speak right back. What was interesting was, that when he was better, he regained all the ground that he had lost very quickly. Slowly but surely he is improving. Recently he has been taught to say ‘No’. He thinks this is very funny and uses it all the time, which has become rather wearing for the family-as you might imagine!

As I write, the very smart, clear, perspex moneyboxes, with our logo on the side have arrived at my house. If you would like to have one please let me know.

Onwards and upwards!