Autism support group Parents Talking Asperger’s (PTA) has celebrated the achievement of one of its members who has raised much-needed funds to buy new outdoor play equipment.
Joanne Hawkins of Epwell, mother of PTA youth member Ethan, 15, and PTA sibling Gracie, trained hard before running the Stratford Marathon on April 27, when she smashed her initial target of £250 and ended up raising a total of £800 for the group.
She said: “I’ve been an active member of PTA since it started two and a half years ago and I want to help it to last for many years to come.
“My autistic son really benefits from PTA’s youth group. Running the marathon was really hard but exhilarating at the same time. I still can’t quite believe that I did it!”
PTA is a support group for parents and siblings of children and young adults with Asperger syndrome living in or around Banbury.
Principal and founder Karen Irvani said: “We’re all so proud of Jo. In fact, we’re all a little in awe of her achievement. Our children and young people are so excited because it means that we can buy some fantastic giant-sized play equipment for the outside of our grounds at our HQ, The Baptist Centre in Middleton Cheney. It will be just in time for our Big Fun Day on September 27. Fantastic!”
For more information about the group, see www.parents-talking-aspergers.co.uk