Charity in call to raise a Christmas Cuppa to support families living with autism

Brother and Sister Abigail (8) and Alex (3) Gallagher help Autism NI launch the Big Christmas Cuppa campaign

TO help make Christmas a less stressful time for families living with autism in Northern Ireland, a festive cuppa event has been planned to raise funds for the growing numbers affected by this "hidden disability".

The Big Christmas Cuppa has been organised in aid of Autism NI which supports parents and children with autism – a condition which can be particularly stressful for parents during the busy Christmas period when children are not in normal routines and are often overwhelmed by crowds, clamour and colour.

Rachel Gribben from Autism NI said: "Taking part in the Big Christmas Cuppa couldn’t be easier – you can celebrate the festive season with friends, and support a good cause at the same time. All you need to do to take part in this awareness-raising event is hold a coffee morning or tea party at home, work or school. Invite your friends, family or work colleagues to join you for a cuppa and ask everyone to make a small donation to support Autism NI.

"We will help you along the way by providing a fundraising pack which contains balloons, posters, autism information and even a recipe."

With over 30,000 people in Northern Ireland living with autism and every year over 7,135 children being diagnosed, Rachel said the charity needed extra support so it could continue its work providing vital services to families and individuals.

:: For further information or to request a fundraising pack, contact Autism NI on 028 9040 1729, email or visit

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