Swimming fun arranged for children after company fundraises for autism charity

GIFT From left, Heather Collyer from Pfizer, Kyle Foster, Flash chairwoman Shelley Atkinson, and Justin and Kerry Foster.  Picture: Steve Reid (120373-382)
GIFT From left, Heather Collyer from Pfizer, Kyle Foster, Flash chairwoman Shelley Atkinson, and Justin and Kerry Foster. Picture: Steve Reid (120373-382)

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CHILDREN with autism will be able to have a whale of a time thanks to cash donated by a Havant firm.

Staff at Pfizer, in New Lane, presented a cheque of £627 to Kerry Foster, who represents Family Liaison Autism Support Havant (Flash).

The cash will allow the charity to book the swimming pool at Havant Leisure Centre for children with autism and their families.

Mrs Foster, 40, became involved with the charity as her 13-year-old son Kyle has autism.

She said: ‘We are running some swimming events where we hire out the swimming pool for our children so they can be themselves basically.

‘They can find it hard to cope if they get upset.

‘We also have some soft play events coming up.’

Staff at the pharmaceutical firm held a raffle to raise the cash to help the charity.

Mrs Foster, of Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, said: ‘We were thrilled with the donation.

‘Even a small amount makes a big difference to us.

‘Even if it’s £50 – that’s five coffee mornings for us.’

She said the charity helped to bring a smile to her son’s face.

‘It means my son has somewhere to go,’ said Mrs Foster.

‘He’s always got something to look forward to.

‘It enables him to meet other children.’

For more information about Flash visit flashonline.org.uk or call 07504 554 982.