Carers given an insight
into a condition affecting a rising tide of youngsters
West Ham United Joint-Chairman David
Sullivan has fulfilled a promotion pledge by donating a five figure sum to a
charity for children and adults with autism.
The co-owner of the Hammers celebrated his club’s promotion back to the Premier League with the generous
donation to Anna Kennedy Online.Com
Anna is the driving force
behind the largest facility in Europe for educating and supporting people of all
ages with autism.
Director of Hillingdon
Manor School in London, she took her work into cyberspace with the launch of a
website dedicated to helping young people with the condition.
Now the charity will be
able to expand its work thanks to the support of the East London club’s Joint-Chairman.
Mr Sullivan said: “West
Ham United is more than just a football club. Since 1895 we have been rooted in
the community and working hard for the benefit of London.
“We support many
charities and in particular those who work tirelessly to help
“I have known Anna for
some time and the passion she has for her work to help those with autism is
clear to see. So I am delighted to share the success of our wonderful club with
her by personally donating a five figure sum to this most deserving
Anna added: “More and
more young people are affected by autism and the feedback we get through our
website is beginning to reveal the true extent of the condition and how much
work there is to be done to help.
“When David pledged to
help us if his club won promotion I couldn’t believe it and I have never rooted
so much for a London team. I’m absolutely thrilled by his generosity and support
and can assure him that his donation will be put to very good use.”
Anna launched her charity
because both her sons, Patrick and Angelo, were affected by autism but she was
turned away by no fewer than 26 special needs schools when searching for
appropriate educational facilities for them.
She decided to take
matters into her own hands and remortgaged her home to transform a derelict
council building in Middlesex, West London, into Hillingdon Manor
The school is now a centre of excellence for children and young
adults with autism and her expertise in the field can be shared around the globe
thanks to her website Annakennedyonline.com.
A string of
celebrities were overwhelmed recently at the first ever performance of Autism’s
Got Talent, staged to a packed house at the Mermaid Theatre.
singer song writer Lynsey De Paul, the voice of Britain’s Got Talent Peter
Dickinson and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow were among a
600-strong audience who were amazed by the talent of young performers who live
Anna said: “A good
show demands a great line up of talent and the young people smashed it on the
night. It was a proud night for me, parents and families with lots of tears,
laughter and fun. We can’t wait to stage it again next year and are looking for
new talent now I suppose I am the Simon Cowell of the autism