An employee of the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Sidcup website has donated to the National Autistic Society for a donation of £ 10,000 from his firm.
Maintenance manager James McColgan chose the charity after the support his family received after his four-year-old son Albie was diagnosed with autism.
He said the charity “really changes the world for autistic people”.
James also organized a sponsored 6,000th walk with 60 friends and family and raised an additional £ 3,880.
The National Autistic Society offers support and guidance, and is campaigning for better rights, services, and opportunities for people with autism.
Coca-Cola is running a “Support My Cause” initiative where employees can nominate a charity for donations and colleagues vote for the winner.
Donations will help the National Autistic Society fund funding for resources such as diagnostic centers, training, and specialized support groups.
James McColgan, maintenance manager at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, said: “Since Albie’s diagnosis, the National Autistic Society has been a great support to us as a family.
“They helped us understand and accept his autism, and offered practical tips and techniques to help Albie communicate how he feels and what he needs, despite his nonverbal nature.
“Seeing how other people sometimes react when Albie feels sensory overload shows a strong stigma that continues to be tied to the state.
“But the National Autistic Society is really changing the world for people with autism, changing perceptions and fighting inequality.
“I just want to thank you for everything they have done for my family and many others and I am happy and proud that CCEP is joining me to help support them.
“The National Autistic Society celebrates differences in everyone, while CCEP is a business that spans a diverse workforce, so I’m glad we were able to come together to celebrate this common spirit.”
Gabi Richardson, Corporate Partnership Manager at the National Autistic Society, said: “We are truly grateful to James and CCEP for this generous donation.
“There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK and over 3 million families and carers, including James.
“We want to make sure we offer information, advice and support to as many people as possible, and we are counting on donations to make it possible.
“The CCEP donation will help us continue our vital work to build a society that works for autistic people, for example, through our volunteer affiliates and social groups, including the one we run for siblings, of which Brother Albie is a part. Oli.
“These groups are a huge support to their members, offering space to share their experiences and connect with other people in similar positions.”
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