Anna Kennedy OBE  and Steven Smith Author new Patron for AnnaKennedyonline

The Royal Chinese Garden tucked away in the Shirley Hills was the place to be on Thursday 16th October where it was filled with Autism Campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE, Steven Smith as the new patron of Anna Kennedy Online Charity, Nicola Duffett, Eastenders actress and Richard Hawley, star from ‘Love Actually’ film and Prime Suspect series with many other TV shows.

Steven Smith went to great lengths to attend this event and is the new patron of the Anna Kennedy online charity, because of his ongoing and extensive support of the charity and recently doing a 10 mile walk with the Anna Kennedy Online team and the recent fashion show ‘Wear It For autism’ which was a complete sell out.

Anna Kennedy OBE says, “The idea for events like this is so that we can also have a break from everyday routine and take time out”.

Ryan Wiggins

The evening had a fabulous duo called Suzi and Nico, who were great entertainers throughout the evening who got the crowd up and dancing until the very end. A special guest performance from two ‘Autism Got Talent’ stars Marie Gorton young adult and Ryan Wiggins age 11 got on stage and there was not one dry eye in the crowd after their performances. Autisms Got Talent is a smash hit annual event that Anna Kennedy has organised for the past three years.  Anna says that “‘Autism’s Got Talent’ is not a competition but rather a celebration of just how talented those on the Autistic Spectrum really can be.” The next show will be in London on 9th May 2015 and tickets go sale in January 2015.

Marie Gorton

The Royal Chinese Garden Restaurant owner May and Anthony Cheung have both been incredible and have supported the Charity fully by offering its venue and wonderful three course meal and a band in order to assist with this event. This is an example on how a family run restaurant can open its doors to wonderful causes and shows generosity and integrity towards a charity that need businesses that show so much support to the community also.

Other local businesses donated some raffle prizes including Jam hair salon in Sanderstead, Nuffield Health in Croydon, Donna’s cakes.

Mala Thapar AKO Charity Champion