Mum aims to raise awareness and funds for children with autism
A MUM from Coalpit Heath is raising awareness of autism and funds for her children’s school at the same time.
Kelly Lloyd’s two younger children, Rowan (8) and Ashton (5), pictured above, both have autism and go to the Blackhorse Primary School resource base in Mangotsfield.
Kelly said: “Because my older two children are neurotypical, I thought to myself ‘I’ve had two children, they are easy enough to raise, it wasn’t too bad, it’s fine, I can have some more’. It didn’t work out like that.
“You grieve for the child you thought you had. Everything changes. I’ve changed my whole life to revolve around autism because I have to. Myself and a lot of other people are trying to create awareness to make the world a better place for our kids.”
A group of mums is helping Kelly organise the Onesie Wednesday quiz which takes place at the Globe Pub in Frampton Cotterell on Wednesday, April 3 at 8pm, during National Autism Awareness Week. People are invited to come wearing onesies and there will be some quiz questions about autism, as Kelly hopes to encourage greater understanding of the developmental condition, something she is passionate about.
Quiz teams can be between two and eight people, and entry costs £5 per team. For more information, email Kelly at Kjlloyd1976@gmail.com.
April 3 is Onesie Wednesday at the Globe in Frampton Cotterell
Her husband Ian is also fundraising by drawing and selling caricatures between 10am to 2pm on the same day at Morrisons in Cribbs Causeway.
Two years ago Kelly raised £1,200 towards the cost of her children’s school’s sensory garden. Money raised this year will go to benefit the resource base once again.
Kelly said: “You have staff in there that are highly experienced with autism, they do go above and beyond their remit, and they just ‘get it’.”
The school has a sensory room and provides speech and language and occupational therapy sessions. But Kelly wants the funds she raises to go on extra resources.
She said: “For example they might need equipment to help with fine motor skills or to help motivate them. There is one child who is into dinosaurs, so the staff went to charity shops to pick up dinosaur things to use to motivate him; they would do that for every child because every child is different.”