Wessex Autism Society get boost from Dike and Son charity fund
THE Wessex Autistic Society has won £500 to help young sufferers to lead more fulfilling lives, thanks to generous customers at Dike & Son supermarket in Stalbridge.
The society helps 1,300 children and adults with autism in Dorset access education, housing, care and advocacy services that will help them to develop their social and communication skills and become more independent. Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder and often very isolating for those affected by it.
Gemma Saunders, Corporate Partnerships Officer, came to the Stalbridge store last week to meet the directors and pick up the cheque for £500.
She said: "We were delighted to win the Making a Difference Locally online vote following the Dike & Son campaign. We would like to thank our supporters, staff and the business community for voting for us and getting behind the campaign.
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"The £500 will be put towards our advocacy service which provides a free information and advice line, offering unbiased information and advice to anyone affected by autism. This money will enable us as a local charity to continue making a difference."
Every few months three new local good causes go head to head on the Dike's website to win – and the amount has recently been doubled to £1,000. Current contenders are Stalbridge Pre-School, Gillingham Foodbank and The Balsam Centre in Wincanton. Votes can be cast by going online at the store's website, www.welovedorsetfood.co.uk
The money is raised through Dike & Son's participation in the Nisa Making a Difference Locally (MADL) campaign. When customers buy specially-marked products in-store, the manufacturer donates a small sum to the fund.
Since the MADL scheme began five years ago, the family-run Stalbridge store has been able to donate over £12,000 to local good causes including as Julia's House, Riding for the Disabled, Future Roots, Sherborne Town Band and several local primary schools.
The store last year won an award for its service to the community in the 2012 Blackmore Vale Business Awards.
Visit www.welovedorsetfood.co.uk for more details about the MADL online vote.
To nominate a local good cause or charity, write to Adam Vincent, Dike & Son, Ring Street Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NB, describing the good cause (charity, group or individual) and what they would need funding for, including contact details.