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Easter fun with Autism NI

Autism NI Lisburn Branch 'older' members enjoy their Laser Quest Session at Escarmouche Adventure Park at Shanes Castle.THE Lisburn Branch of Autism NI planned a range of activities for all age groups over the Easter holiday.

Anne Hayward, Events Organiser and Fundraiser for the Lisburn Branch commented on the activities which were organised. She said: 'A break from routine can be difficult for individuals with Autism and a planned structure of what will happen next can be reassuring. The Lisburn Committee planned a range of activities for the Easter Break. Firstly we held a fun day in Jumping Jacks for our younger members, then we headed to Escarmouche Adventure Park at Shanes Caste where our older members enjoyed Laser Quest in the forest, we also enjoyed a trip on Stena Line and two fun days are planned for April29 and 30."

She added: "April29 is Royal Wedding Day and if any of the children want to dress up as a Prince or Princess they will receive a small gift. This event runs from 1pm until 3pm and if you would like to attend please just  phone to let us know on 07785367786.

Autism NI Lisburn Branch under fives Mackenzie, Thomas and Zach enjoy their fun at Jumping Jacks.Another Fun Day will be held this Saturday 30 April from 3.30 — 5.30 pm and all are welcome — there is no need to phone just turn up at Lisburn Leisureplex, siblings are welcome too.

Anne continued: "We would like to thank everyone who has raised funds for us as it allows us to plan activities for all our members, and we would like to acknowledge the support of Lisburn City Council's Community Celebration Grants Scheme for our Fun Day on April 29."

Every year over 300 children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with Autism and this figure is set to steadily increase in the future. All funds raised by Autism NI remain within Northern Ireland and are used to improve the lives of those affected by this hidden disability.

To find out more about Autism you can contact Autism NI on (028) 9040 1729 or visit

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