Dundonald Community Champion lends helping hand to local charity

Asda Dundonald Community Champion Sharon McBratney has helped to raise much needed funds for local Autism and Aspergers support group - Helping Hands.

Sharon joined Helping Hands Chairperson Caroline Birch and Debbie Scott, a local mum and supporter of the charity, for a sponsored 24 hour sit-out outside Asda Dundonald.

Organised and managed entirely by volunteers, Helping Hands supports the families of children affected by Autism and Aspergers Syndrome with activity clubs and advice sessions. This is the second time Asda has supported the charity sit out – which raised over £1500 last year.

Sharon said, “The support Helping Hands gives local families is really important so I was delighted to help with this year’s 24 hour sit-out. The encouragement we were given from Asda customers, colleagues and Helping Hands volunteers kept us going no matter what the weather. Here’s to another successful sit out!”

Caroline from Helping Hands commented, “We are really grateful to Sharon and all the members of the general public who have supported our organisation through this event. Helping Hands currently helps over 135 local families, and we want to expand on this number as we move to our new site in Dundonald. The money raised from the sit-out will go towards vital building work on the centre, and help us offer new services, such as summer programmes and respite sessions.”