Field Day funds boost OJ’s charity

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A LOCAL charity which gives major support to children with autism and their families has received £1,900 thanks to another local group’s generosity.

Longridge Field Day committee presented founder of OJ’s charity, Over Wyre resident Lisa Donoghue, with the cheque at the start of its February meeting, and it was accepted by 18 year old Jordan Riley, who has benefited from the extensive involvement OJ’s has with youngsters and their families.

Handing over the cheque. which was half the amount raised at last year’s successful Field Day, chairman Geoffrey Holden thanked Lisa and her team for the valuable work they do.

In her own thanks to the committee, Lisa - who named the charity after her son Oliver who has autism - said she was quite ‘taken aback’ by the amount raised.

“Also the thoughtfulness of the committee in giving it to OJ’s,” she added. “We rely more and more on such gifts, so a huge thankyou for this - we really do appreciate it.”

She is planning a fundraising ‘It’s a Knockout’ sometime in the summer, and possibly other activities as well as those already organised.

OJ’s runs specialist holiday clubs, plus a club one evening per week during term time for children with autism age eight and over, providing a break for families. There is a wide variety of family activities where the whole family is involved in a positive and non-judgemental environment.

Lisa explained “We aim to offer a service in a rural area where there are not many opportunites for our families.

Where those who have a child with severe autism can feel isolated and can find it difficult to access mainstream settings due to their child’s behaviour and disability.

“OJ’s provides a fantastic opportunity for those families to feel accepted and included in the community.”