Charity’s thanks after restaurant donation

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A CHARITY which supports people with autism spectrum disorders has thanked a local restaurant, which raised £1,300 over the festive season.

Staff from the Poacher’s Rest at Auchmacoy handed over the cheque to National Autistic Society representative Gail McKeitch last month at the restaurant.

The money was raised by the Poacher’s Rest following the restaurant’s Christmas raffle, and will go towards providing information and support for people living with autism spectrum disorders. The restaurant has traditionally supported local good causes through the competition.

Spokeswoman for the Poacher’s Rest Joan Stewart told the Times: “We’d like to give our thanks to the customers who bought tickets for the raffle, and to our regulars and suppliers for donating the prizes.”

Speaking for NAS, Gail McKeitch told the Times that the donation was hugely helpful and would be spent in the local area.

“We have a weekly socialisation group in Ellon which meets so people with autism can develop social skills, this donation will go towards supporting that,” she said. “It will also go towards a family fun day in Deeside for people with autism and their families - it’s a chance for whole families to come along and spend time together.

“It’s a huge help, and we’re very thankful to the Poacher’s Rest.”