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Farnborough autism charity forced to turn away families

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 13th March 2018.

The Mustard Seed Autism Trust has been forced to turn away families looking for support due to a lack of staff and funding.

Offering specialist therapy to autistic children in the area, the charity also provides support and advice to their families. 

This week it has been announced that the organisation is having to close its waiting list due to a large number of referrals. 

100 families are currently on the list - they could be waiting up to a year and a half to receive help. 

Co-founder Francis Bland told Eagle that she is devastated to have to make this decision: "Not to be able to provide for them is just heart-breaking - we find it incredibly difficult.

"We would do anything, anything we could to ensure that we can give as much support to these families as we can."

Francis explained that children with autism can experience severe anxiety, and families struggle to cope after receiving a diagnosis: "A large number of these children really, really do find it difficult to cope, and so a service like ours provides a lifeline.

"What will happen is these families will just carry on struggling and these difficulties will just keep getting bigger."

The charity currently only has two full-time members of staff and small group of volunteers. They are desperately appealing for more volunteers and donations to help the organisation provide the support needed.

To make a donation - visit their fundraising page here

You can also find out more information on their website

The Mustard Seed Autism Trust won 'Best Charity' in Eagle's 2017 Local Heroes Awards for their hard work and dedication. 

Watch our video to find out more about their work...


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