|ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY
SCHOOL ORAM, CO MONAGHAN, RAISE THEIR HANDS IN SUPPORT OF ANNUAL
RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM
TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Sean Quinn from the Autism
charity H.A.N.D. recently visited St Patrick’s Primary School in Oram, Co Monaghan and
was presented with a cheque for €100, which had been raised by
the pupils for this very worthwhile cause. While Sean was there the
staff and pupils joined him in raising their HANDS in support of the
Charity’s annual Fundraising event which takes place on Saturday
5th October 2013.
|RATHORE SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL, NEWRY RECEIVE TALKING
DIARIES, ONE FOR EVERY CLASS, PURCHASED BY THE AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D.
||RUN FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. PROVIDES FUNDING
TO NEWRY & MOURNE
Ruth Watt, Tracey Frazer and Marianna Quinn from
H.A.N.D. visited Rathore to present the Talking Diaries to some of
the pupils and staff who represented the whole school. The Diaries
are a great aid for communication between school and home for pupils
on the Autistic Spectrum.
Sean Quinn from HAND presents
a cheque to members of Newry & Mourne Support Group. The funds
were used to provide a Respite Trip for the members of the group
they were very
grateful. H.A.N.D. were delighted to be able to provide some useful
support to their organisation.
|MAC SUMMER CAMP 2013
Summer Camp 2013 Run by MAC
NI MAC "Making a
Change" Warrenpoint, and supported by The Autism Team from SH&SCT
Ran a Summer Camp for a number of young People on the Autism Spectrum,
2013 and as you can see they had a ball!!!!! In this photo they are
just finished bouldering near the Bloody Bridge near Newcastle.
The MAC Summer Camp 2013 gang
and a number of the support workers from both East Coast Adventure
and the SH&SCT Trust
were lucky enough to get their photo taken along with the Contestants
in the Maiden of Mourne Beauty Contest. They happened to be in Kilbroney
Park at the same time. How fortunate!!!!
|MEMBERS OF AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D. PRESENT
A CHEQUE TO THE LEARNING SUPPORT UNIT IN ST PAUL’S HIGH SCHOOL
||RIDING FOR DISABLED ARMAGH RECEIVE FUNDING FROM
AUTISM CHARITY H.A.N.D.
The Run for Autism Charity
H.A.N.D. recently provided funding to the Learning Support Unit in
St Paul’s, which was
used to purchase equipment to aid teaching and learning of Autistic
pupils. H.A.N.D. was delighted to be able to assist the school in
this way and Mr Mooney, Principal and Mr McAvoy, Head Teacher of
along with some of the pupils, were very grateful for this support.
Run for Autism HAND presents a cheque to Riding for
Disabled Armagh, which work with children and adults living with Autism,
as well as other disabilities. They are one of our chosen projects
this year .This group receives no funding and depends on the support
of the community to enable them to continue this great work. We again
extend our thanks to all who support us as we could not do it without
such terrific support!
'TURNING THE CURVE' FORMAL IN BELLINI'S
All the Young Ladies
and Gentlemen who attended the recent ‘Turning
the Curve’ Formal in Bellini’s Hotel Newry, on Thursday
28th March 2013. It was a wonderful occasion and hopefully everyone
had a great time. Don’t you all look well!!!!!!!!
Thanks to all those who were involved in organising the evening, it was a great
All the Staff members of Southern
Health Trust who attended the’ Turning
the Curve’ Formal, which took place on Thursday 28th March 2013
in Bellini’s Hotel, Newry. You all scrub up well!!!
Run for Autism HAND helped to fund this amazing evening and were so
delighted to be part of such a wonderful occasion.
|BBC RADIO ULSTER RECORDS
AT IN TOUCH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, RICHHILL
|BBC Radio Ulster hosted
a series on pets called 'The Pet Set' and as part of that they
visited In Touch Equestrian
Centre in Richhill, Co Armagh recently. Lesley Harvey is the proprietor
of In Touch and Niamh Quinn and her mother Marianna, who is a Committee
member of HAND, were invited to take part in the recording. Niamh
is a regular attender at In Touch where she enjoys interacting
with the horses and ponies through what is known as Equine Therapy.
type of therapy has proved very beneficial to Niamh, who has Autism.
It has helped her to become a confident, happy and very capable
young women. Lesley is very gentle and patient and her animals
good humoured and Niamh just adores spending time there. Niamh’s
mother is a founder member of the Charity Run for Autism and the
Charity is very keen to promote this type of therapy for Autistic
people as they can see, at first hand, the great benefits it possesses.
In Touch is available online at www.intouch4.wix.com/talktothehorse
and on facebook and twitter.
The Pet Set was a 6 Part Series and The ‘In Touch’ recording
was aired on Sunday 7th April at 1.30pm and repeated on Thursday
11th April at 7.30pm,
but, if interested, you can catch up on the Podcast at www.bbc.co.uk/radioulster
VERY SUCCESSFUL COFFEE MORNING HELD IN CROSSMAGLEN
IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM
£500 RAISED BY MEIGH BOWLING
Fiona McCabe, Rita Hearty
and a number of ladies from the Crossmaglen area organised a coffee
Morning in Crossmaglen
Community Centre on Friday 5th April 2013. They received great support
and a large amount of money was collected - £535 and €120
all in aid of Run for Autism HAND. Many thanks to all involved and
to all those who supported this great event, from the Committee of
Meigh Bowling Club presents
a cheque for £500
to Sean Quinn of Run for Autism HAND. The money was raised at Cavan
Crystal Annual Bowling weekend in February 2013. Also in the photo
are Betty McEvoy, Gerard Loughran and Martin Grant representing the
Bowling Club. HAND are very grateful for this substantial donation
and wish to thank everyone who supported this event.
|IN TOUCH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE RICHHILL
TEAMS UP WITH RUN FOR AUTISM HAND TO PROVIDE EQUINE THERAPY - VERY
BENEFICIAL TO AUTISM
Recently a pilot scheme was undertaken to assess the
benefits of Equine therapy for people living with Autism. Two young
autistic boys, identical twins, from outside Mayobridge, were given
the opportunity to take part in a three session Equine Therapy Programme
over three weeks. In Touch Equestrian Centre in Richhill, provided
the sessions as they are experts in this particular field and the
Charity Run for Autism HAND helped to fund it.
The twins, Jack and Harry, enjoyed the programme immensely
and it proved very beneficial to their condition. While observing
them interacting with the horses, it was so uplifting to see the
positive effects it had on their behaviour etc; they became much
calmer and were able to focus well on the various tasks they engaged
in. Also, it is not only about what takes place on site, but also
what they take away with them; their mother was able to say that
when they are at home they would talk a lot about their experiences
and describe the different tasks and activities, what they liked
and disliked etc.
This is also very important as it helps
to expand their thoughts and feelings, improve motivation and gives
them something else in their lives, which is very positive. They each
had a favourite pony and were able to develop their relationships with
them. This is very important in Autism as developing relationships
is very difficult for Autism.
Sean and Marianna Quinn from Run for Autism HAND wish to see this
programme extended to benefit many more Autistic people. In Touch
and HAND hope
this can be the beginning of a very positive and beneficial partnership
that will enable many people with Autism in the Trust area to have
access to this alternative type of therapy, which can bring so much
enjoyment and happiness into their lives.
The Annual Run for Autism Fundraiser will be held on Sat 6th October
October and everyone is welcome to come along and either take part,
help or just support the participants. Check out on www.runforautismhand.com
and facebook. Also you can follow In Touch Equestrian on www.intouchequestrian.com and facebook.
MORNING RAISES A LARGE SUM OF MONEY FOR RUN FOR AUTISM HAND
Fiona McCabe recently held a Coffee Morning in Crossmaglen
in aid of Run for Autism HAND. In the photo Patrick McCabe Junior
presents the sum of £545 and €200, to Sean Quinn from
HAND. Also in the picture is Patrick McCabe Senior and Conor Quinn.
We are very grateful to Fiona and her family for generously giving
up her time to raise such a substantial amount of money. Thank
you to everyone who supported this event.
PRIMARY SCHOOL RAISES £134 FOR RUN
FOR AUTISM HAND
Primary School recently held fundraising event on behalf of Run
for Autism HAND. Two pupils from the school
presented the amount of £134 to Marianna Quinn
from HAND. Also in the photo is the Principal Mr Jim
who is leaving the school to take up a new position
of Dromore Primary school. We wish him all the best
and thank him for all his help and support over the
years. We also extend our gratitude to all the pupils,
staff and parents who supported this event.
FORAUTISM HAND SUPPORTS RATHORE SPECIAL SCHOOL’S
Run for Autism HAND were able to support Rathore Special
Needs School Newry in keeping their Music Therapy going
for the 2011/12 year and Deirdre Quinn from HAND presents the
sum of £2,800 to the Music therapist. Also in the
photo are Mr Raymond Cassidy Principal, Breige Hoey Teacher,
April and Aaron and Marianna Quinn from HAND. Hand have
been delighted to assist in keeping this vital therapy
their original source of funding was withdrawn last year.
Music therapy plays a vital role in the lives of people
living with disabilities and it is great to be able to
provision for these special kids.
CULLYHANNA HOLDS A NON-UNIFORM DAY
St Patrick’s Primary School held a non-uniform day earlier in
the year and raised a terrific sum of £200. Mrs Rita Hearty from
Dorsey, whose daughter is at the school, was influential in in the
school holding this fundraiser on our behalf. We are very grateful
to Mr O’Hanlon, Mrs Hearty, staff, pupils and parents who supported
in any way.
RUN FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. AND THE
NEWRY BRANCH OF RIDING FOR THE DISABLED WORKING TOGETHER
Run for Autism H.A.N.D. in partnership with Newry Branch of Riding for the Disabled
and Free Spirit Equestrian Centre in Bessbrook have recently joined forces to
run a very successful horse therapy programme, for a group of young people with
Autism. The feedback that has been received from parents and all those involved
is that the programme is very worthwhile in many ways, i.e. first and foremost,
these young people are enjoying themselves and also the many benefits of helping
aspects of balance, strengthening muscles and bones, addressing sensory issues
and also interaction with the animals, volunteers and listening to the instructor.
As one parent stated,
“ It is so wonderful and heart warming to see these young people getting
so much enjoyment and excitement out of their interaction with the ponies/horses,
not to mention all the benefits both physical and emotional that they themselves
would not even be aware of, it’s just so worthwhile.”
Much time and
effort has gone into bringing this together and getting it up and
running and it is hoped that it can continue for the foreseeable
future as there is a waiting list being compiled for Autistic people
who wish to take part. A number of people have signed as volunteers
to help run the programme and the organisers are very grateful to
up their time to come along and assist. It could not be done without
Riding for the Disabled have been doing great work for the disabled in the Newry
Area, with the support of Lorraine Hutchinson at Free Spirit Equestrian Centre
and Run for Autism H.A.N.D. are delighted to have been able to develop this close
relationship with them in order to provide such a valuable opportunity to people
living with Autism in the area.
FOR AUTISM H.A.N.D. PROVIDES FUNDING FOR LOCAL GROUPS
The local Charity Run for Autism
H.A.N.D (Helping Autism in Newry and District), held an afternoon
in Newtownhamilton Community Centre, on Saturday 11th December
2010, at which they presented cheques to a number of groups
in the area who provide support to people living with Autism.
Each of these groups has committed to using
this money to fund a specific project for Autistic people in their
respective groups. These projects will also benefit other group members
who have different special needs, for example two groups are developing
sensory rooms and another is purchasing teaching technology to improve
visual aids for their group.
Special guests, representing
the participants of the charity’s Annual fundraising event,
were Cheryl Linden and Don Travers, who were winners of the Ladies’ and
Gents’ Half Marathon 2010 respectively.
Once again thanks to everyone who took part
one way or another in helping us raise over £15,000 in this
year's annual fundraising event. In our continued efforts to inject
this money into directly assisting people living with Autism we have
decided to assist five groups within the area at this time, as follows:
Rainbow Club Crossmaglen
Lisnally Special School Armagh
Happy Faces Kilkeel
St Joseph's Learning Support Unit Bessbrook
Newry Special Olympics Team