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Local mum’s fundraiser after Guildford Grove supports her deaf and autistic son

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Local mum’s fundraiser after Guildford Grove supports her deaf and autistic son

Published at 6:00am 13th March 2019.

A local mum is shaving all her hair off in order to raise money for the Lighthouse Centre at Guildford Grove Primary School.

Jo Woods is getting the drastic trim as a fundraiser to say thank you to the service for supporting her 10-year-old son Alfie, who is profoundly deaf, non-verbal and severely autistic.

Alfie will be heading to secondary school in September and although Jo says the prospect of moving on is "the scariest thing in the world", she says without the help of the Lighthouse Centre things would be very different.

Mum Jo said:

"It's been a very long challenging story for Alfie to get us to this point.

"He does use BSL (British Sign Language) to communicate, but because of his autism he doesn't really care to communicate too much.

"He used to be so upset everyday at school and the school really worked so hard with him because he would hide underneath tables, he would be just so upset."

Alfie is moving to secondary school in September.

She added that despite difficulties, Alfie's story is a happy one:

"I just want to say a massive thank you, they've changed our lives and anyone who is lucky enough to go to school there will have the best teachers you could ask for that will always go above and beyond - they're amazing.

"He does tend to live in his own little world but he's just the most happy, loving - he's amazing, he brightens up our life.

"I'm trying to raise as much money as possible to update equipment because I'm sure everyone realises that all these things are super expensive."

Find out more about Alfie and Jo's fundraiser

Mum Jo is cutting off all her hair which reaches as far as her waist.

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