Our blog has been a bit quiet of late as we have just come out of one of our busiest World Autism Awareness Months yet. April was jam packed with fundraising events, raising awareness and of course, our very first Gala Dinner With A Difference.
We kicked off the month in style, with over 100 guests joining us on the red carpet at the Holiday Inn Tongwynlais. Our guests sipped prosecco from the fabulous Little Tipple Van, and got ready to strike a pose for our photographer for the evening, Paul Cornish from Studio Cwtch Photography. During the drinks reception, our guests had time to peruse the silent auction lots provided by The Events Room before making their way into the dining hall.
The tables were certainly dressed to impress. The grand L-shaped room was filled with tables swathed in stylish black and white, with beautiful tree-like centrepieces providing the perfect amount of light for an intimate feel in a large room. The delicious meal was followed by our lovely founder, Karen Sullivan, making a moving speech about how Autism Puzzles started, leaving those in the room a lot glassier eyed than they started.
The tears of empathy were quickly followed by tears of laughter when our three fantastic comedians for the night – Jethro Bradley, Calum Stewart, and Noel James, compered by the wonderful Col Howarth – took to centre stage. From deadpan stories, to quick one-liners; surrealist accordion playing, to classic puns they had it all covered and our guests were thoroughly entertained. The raffle draw, auction winner announcement, and disco rounded off the spectacular event.
The next day, some of our brave trustees and volunteers ran the Cardiff Bay 10k. Most had attended the gala the night before, so sheer determination and grit got them up, out the door, and running before 9am. They all did an amazing job, and have the t-shirts and medals to prove it!
Our month didn’t stop there. From online raffles to office cake sales, school assemblies to workplace information stands, our team worked tirelessly to raise money, awareness, and support for Autism Puzzles. As you know, money raised goes directly into supporting the families who rely on us for outreach, family fun sessions, after school clubs, and workshops. Without the support of our volunteers, trustees, and sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to continue. Our work in the community during April ensures we maintain important links to people and local businesses, and generate an influx of donations to keep our charity afloat.
Our community work, however, doesn’t stop on the 30th April. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support our charity, or how we could support you, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.