Awareness Week success

Laura Coutts with cake for staff members Donna Rhynd and Margaret Warrendar
Laura Coutts with cake for staff members Donna Rhynd and Margaret Warrendar

A two-day event held in Ellon for Autism Awareness Week has helped to raise over £650 for The National Autistic Society.

Staff from The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Ellon office held the events on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

There was a pop-up shop on the Friday that featured work designed and created by autistic individuals on display and for sale, stalls featuring local crafters, homebakes made by the staff team, National Autistic Society merchandise, handy soup bags, teas and coffees as well as hand massages, glitter tattoos and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, crafters and staff members.

Saturday was a Spring Fayre fun day and there was plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained including face painting, glitter tattoos, a sensory awareness game and there was also an arts and crafts competition for children.

The popular raffle was drawn on Saturday.

Manager at The National Autistic Society Scotland, Laura Coutts, said: “Friday was a beautiful day so we had a steady amount of people in.

“It was busy straight away from 10 and it didn’t quieten down until about 2.

“The community has been so welcoming and giving to our raffle.”

Laura added: “We will be holding another open day in the summer.”

“We are really proud of the work we do and the awareness we are raising.”

For more information on The National Autistic Society Scotland’s activity in the north east of Scotland, please follow facebook.com/autismscotland.