A local charity has received a £1,000 donation from Amazon’s UK Head Office in Shoreditch.
Children on The Autistic Spectrum Parents Association (CASPA) is a charity that supports autistic children and young people, and their families, living in Bromley.
The charity runs social clubs, specialist trampolining, technology projects, holiday programmes, and residential trips that focus on fun and friendship. The aim of the charity is to give the young people it supports an independent future.
The charity supports around 300 children and young people every week across the borough.
CASPA plans to use the donation on our specialist technology and IT project Big Bang which provides inspirational STEM based activities for 9-13 year olds with Autism. Many autistic children have special interests in these subjects but don’t have access to appropriate clubs or activities to suit their needs. We are passionate about finding ways to harness our autistic children’s skills and interests in order to enable them to integrate more fully into society both now and in the future.
Speaking on the donation, Beth Knight, Amazon in the Community, UK lead said:
“Children benefit so much from new, different and fun experiences that further their development. It’s brilliant to know that CASPA supports those children who might not have the same opportunities at most. We hope this donation helps the charity to continue its great work.”
“We want to say a big thank you to the Amazon team for this donation. Many autistic children and young people suffer from bullying and isolation as some cannot cope with the social demands placed upon them in school or ‘mainstream’ social situations. This is why it’s important for projects like ours to exist, to give children and young people with Autism the correct tools and knowledge to help them flourish.”
The donation was made as part of the ‘Amazon in the Community’ programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.
Amazon employs over 29,500 people across the UK and has invested over £18bn in the country since 2010.
Community donations is one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.
Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast by delivering three quarters of a million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.