a local woman was about to turn 40 she decided to mark the
occasion with a coffee morning to raise funds for an autism
Sinead McKeown invited her friends and family
to the special party and generously donated the proceeds to
Autism Northern Ireland Lisburn Branch.
Sinead explained: "I became aware of autism
in recent years when I ran the Lisburn half marathon for the
then Mayor's Charity which was AutismNl Papa.
As I approached my birthday I decided to host
a coffee morning to raise funds for the local Lisburn Branch of
the charity and to help raise awareness of this hidden
disability. I have friends whose children have autism and in
recent years I became aware that a former school friend received
a diagnosis as an adult. I realise now how difficult life must
have been for him without a diagnosis".
Lisburn Branch Chairperson Claire Hughes
thanked Sinead for her generosity. She said: "Autism affects
three areas of a person's life; social interaction, social
communication and imagination, thanks so much to Sinead for
raising a fantastic total of �345 and more importantly raising
awareness of this much misunderstood disability".
The Lisburn Branch of Autism NI will meet
again on Monday January 12 in Warren Children's Centre.