Anna Kennedy Online and The Change Foundation partnered together on Sunday 8th October and hosted a disability sports fun day to raise awareness for autism and to provide people with a disability within the Croydon and Sutton Boroughs – an opportunity to participate in a range of adapted sports run by specialist Coach Mentors at The Change Foundation who have lived experience through having a disability themselves. The sports included cricket, football and dodge-ball, which was very popular with adults and children with additional needs and gave an opportunity to everyone to participate in all of the activities.

Initially, Mala Thapar Charity Champion for Croydon from Anna Kennedy Online met with The Change Foundation contacts Ryan Jones and Daniel Mynott and this concept was a positive collaboration due to the similarities of both charities, which is to promote inclusion and raise awareness of disabilities within all communities.

Nearly 200 guests attended this and so much positive feedback was given and the weather was superb. There were stalls offering various activities, merchandise and food and drinks.

There were expert companies on site who were able to provide useful information for adult services plus key professionals from both charities offered including motivational speeches and sound advice.

Joely Colmer Award Winning Disabled Autism Activist and author of her best-selling book “AspergerWorld My Fairy Jam Jar” travelled from Bournemouth with her Mother to attend. Joely will be attending the AKO Expo scheduled for March 2018 held annually at Brunel University as a motivational speaker to participants.

There was a raffle drawn and lots of prizes were given including cricket memorabilia, and generous local companies offering prizes, which was a huge success.

Dr Anna Kennedy OBE Director of Anna Kennedy Online said “AnnaKennedyonline and The Change Foundation have worked together so that we can create a fun day for families of children and adults on the autism spectrum. The venue was an ideal place where families can relax not be judged and have fun and we look forward to future partnerships”.

Daniel Mynott, Project Manager of the disability programme and graduate of The Change Foundation’s disability programme says “The disability sports fun day provided an opportunity for people with autism to try out different sports, make new friends and have fun. It was great to work alongside Anna Kennedy Online and run this event to raise more awareness and to showcase that those with disabilities can participate in sport”.