Grant boost for charity’s new project

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A charity which helps autistic children has been given a big cash boost.

The Toby Henderson Trust, the North East’s only charity providing a life-changing early intervention service for autistic children aged between two and seven, has received a grant of more than £60,000 from Cramlington-based pharmaceutical company MSD.

The money will support 190 children and their families in the Trust’s ground-breaking project, Support Through Interactive Play.

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness week, the project was launched at the Trust’s Easter fair on Saturday.

This is the latest in a long line of grants MSD Cramlington has donated to North East charities and not-for-profit organisations, totalling more than £0.5million since 2000.

Michael Whale, plant manager of MSD Cramlington, said: “We are incredibly proud that MSD was able to obtain this grant for The Toby Henderson Trust.

“The support and help received by these children and their families will not only enhance the children’s ability to communicate better verbally and in social situations which will reduce their feelings of frustration and social isolation, but the families will gain a much better understanding of autism and how it uniquely affects their children.”