Many of you will know that this charity was named after Fred, the first child we helped. Although Fred no longer receives any funding from us, he is happily ensconced in a super school, his family remain constant supporters and fundraisers. In less than 2 weeks time, on Sunday October 9th Duff, Fred’s dad, will be running the Royal Parks half marathon on behalf of The Fred Foundation. No matter how fit you are it is always an effort to get geared up for such a long run, and he is making this effort because he knows how tough a couple of years it has been, for fundraising but most especially for our families. Please support us by sponsoring him via the link below. (All funds raised go to our families, minus a tiny amount for our accountant!)
I first ran the Royal Parks Half for The Fred Foundation 10 years ago and this year I’ll be doing it again. The course hasn’t got any shorter and I don’t seem to be any younger but I’m still proud to be running for The Fred.
The charity, inspired by my son Fred, has been supporting children with autism and their families since 2007.
It helps fund education programmes that allow kids to reach their potential through individualised, specialised programmes that match their needs instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Education is the only commonly accepted intervention for autism and in every case, the early years are critical to finding that child again and unlocking their world.
The recent pandemic has highlighted, with sometimes heartbreaking results, how lack of the right support can cause immense suffering, not only to autistic children, but also their families.
Please donate what you can here – it will help The Fred Foundation and also inspire me to get round!
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to The Fred Foundation and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.
Felicity Ellacombe writes ‘Lucinda and Gilbert are running for Fred in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on the 11th April. This will be the first fundraising event we have been able to hold for a year, due to Covid. Both of them will be running in their home areas instead of through the Parks. If you would like to support them here are the links.
Our families have been having a tough time during the pandemic and sadly we have not been able to help them very much. Lucinda has described the problems very clearly in one of her recent posts.’
“Many autistic children keep their lives rigid and routine-led to help them feel in control of a world they do not understand. Families have suffered greatly during the pandemic because their autistic children/young people often with very little speech and learning disabilities do not understand why they cannot stick to the routines that help them feel safe. If you have complex autism – and will never understand what a virus is – you think it’s your mum, dad or caregiver stopping you doing all your usual activities. Can you imagine the impact of this on parents (the majority of them single) for months on end trying to cope with their children’s pain and lack of understanding every single day alone with no break – often sleep deprived?
Many neurotypical people will have mental health issues due to Covid but at least they know why it’s happening and what a virus is.
I will be thinking of a particular person as I run/walk/stagger. Many of you may have read about the despair of a friend Olga Voronina/Freeman who loved her autistic son SO dearly but was taken to the brink during Covid. I will be thinking of Olga, my Fred and all of the families who’ve suffered so much during Covid – and continue to do so. Every donation goes straight to the families via The Fred Foundation and nothing is swallowed up by admin costs. Not many charities can say that.” Lucinda x
I really struggled yesterday for various reasons but I did it! Here are some photos of me dancing wildly with my medal – very happy in the knowledge that I have raised nearly £5,000! Every penny of which will go to brave families with autistic children. Lx
happy in the knowledge that I raised nearly £5,000 for all of the brave families with autistic children Lx
“Across the country many autistic families are struggling as the extreme financial cuts in social care and education bite harder every day. Children and young people are not even getting the education the State is obliged to provide by law without a fight. Parents are often so worn-down by the day-to-day caring of their autistic children that they cannot fight a fight that often ends up in court”…please click my link below to read more Anything you can spare very gratefully received xx