Autism at Kingwood Celebrates 25 years at our 2019 AGM
On Tuesday 25th June, at Didcot Civic Hall, Autism at Kingwood, a charity that supports autistic adults across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and OACP care provider of the year, held its 25th anniversary celebration.
Guest speakers included philanthropist and Autism at Kingwood founder, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, and actor, Jules Robertson (Jason Davies, Holby City).
The event celebrated the growth and achievements of Autism at Kingwood, as a charity, over the past 25 years, as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate individual achievements of staff and people we support and was well attended by people supported by Autism at Kingwood, family members, support staff and trustees.
The event was also attendend by Peter Thomson of the Rotary Club of Henley, who made a generous donation of £500 on behalf of the club to the Autism at Kingwood Henley Allotment Programme, which provides therapeutic support and practical skills for autistic adults supported by Autism at Kingwood.
Autism at Kingwood’s specialist autism services fill a much needed gap in the Thames Valley. We understand some of the challenges and difficulties facing autistic people and we try our best to help as many people as possible. It is this approach that has seen the charity grow in the last 25 years from supporting Giles Shirley, son of Dame Stephanie Shirley CH in 1994, to supporting more than 140 adults in 2019.
Our 25th anniversary celebration was a true celebration of what Autism at Kingwood and the autistic community we support have achieved. One of the people we support, Saffran, said of the event ‘The party is finished, but it was nice, Kingwood is the best, it’s amazing, it’s very nice.’