Hog roast helps hit £22,000 for autism cause
A Swaffham fundraising campaign continues to garner plenty of support with a total of £22,000 now reached.
Gill Creed, the owner of Just Hair salon in the town, has raised the total for the National Autistic Society through a series of events including a ball and coffee morning.
The latest fundraising event was a charity hog roast on Saturday evening.
A total of £1,000 was raised through the evening at the Market Cross Restaurant.
At the time, this bolstered the overall total to £21,843. But now the £22,000 mark has been reached.
Mrs Creed will be running the London Marathon this month with her son Terry, friend John Higgs and Just Hair colleague, Tanya Pitt.
Lucy Dickerson, Mrs Creed’s niece, will also be running in the team. Her nine-year-old son Cole was diagnosed with autism when he was four.
As a result, Mrs Creed and her team are raising funds for the National Autistic Society.
A total of 140 people attended the hog roast, which was hosted by Kay Wells, the owner of the restaurant.
Mrs Creed said: “We had fantastic support as always. It was a great evening with Alex and Abi from Impson Butchers providing the hog roast for us.
“We raised an amazing £1,000 and we are so overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and support.
“We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”
Entertainment was provided by Pot of Gold, the Swaffham Shanty Crew, on the night.
So far, over £16,640 has been raised on the team’s Just Giving page alone.
In addition to offline donations, the page has had contributions by over 40 people.
The page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/justhairlondonmarathonrun
On the page, it says: “Autistic people share certain difficulties but being autistic will affect each of them differently.
“It’s a life-long condition that effects daily life with how you perceive the world and interact with others.”