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Maretta Jerrett

Grannys 70th Birthday Snowdonia Zip Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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My story

[p]What does an old lady do on her 70th birthday?[/p][p]Well, I’m [b]Retty[/b] and on 10th April 2019 I intend to celebrate my 70th Birthday by flying for a mile at up to 100mph down the World’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip-line 1,500 feet above Penrhyn Quarry (weather permitting!). [/p][p]Why?[/p][p]Because, with your help and generosity, I want to raise £2000 (or more, if we can) to help keep the [b]Biggleswade branch of L.O.A.F. (Lots of Autism Fun)[/b] open and carrying on the wonderful work it does for so many autistic youngsters and their families (including my gorgeous grandson Sebastian)[/p][p]Theirs is one of four LOAF groups threatened with closure because of cuts in [b]Autism Bedfordshire’s [/b]funding. [/p][p]All four groups already have waiting lists. They are clearly vital to the families they support They are essential for the children to whom this dedicated and tireless work provides help and support to maximise their potential and progress in the world around them.[/p][p]Please give as generously as you can. A lot of small donations can make a big difference.[/p][p]A Message from Autism Bedfordshire:-[/p][p]“Autism is a lifelong disability which profoundly affects how a person thinks, communicates and understands the world. People on the autistic spectrum face many issues, from the persistent challenge of trying to ‘fit in’, to frustration at not being able to express how they feel, to daily crippling anxiety because they cannot make sense of what is happening around them. They commonly develop stress-reducing behaviours that can make them appear strange or unruly, evoking disapproving responses from the public. Autistic people are therefore excluded from social, educational and life experiences that others take for granted.[/p][p]Autism Bedfordshire was founded in 1991 by a group of parents who answered a local newspaper advert from a parent of an autistic child seeking other parents to share thought and strategies with. In 1994 a charity was formed which began to provide services for children and their parents. Since then the charity has grown to supporting over 1000 families and individuals with Autism.[/p][p]Children and young people with autism may experience heightened or reduced sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours. They often prefer to have a fixed routine and can find it difficult to cope with change. They may present a range of stress-reducing behaviours that can be unusual or challenging. To meet these needs we offer a range of services.[/p][p]L.O.A.F. is a Saturday morning activity group which the whole family can attend. It runs fortnightly during term time and provides an inclusive environment where all children up to age 12 those with A.S.C. and their siblings and their parents/carers are welcome and supported by trained staff and volunteers.[/p][p]For teenagers, we have evening youth groups called ‘Wanted Fun’. These provide social opportunities for young people aged 10-17 years with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism. Wanted Fun provides a place where the young people can go to enjoy social and recreational activities and not feel judged for their social difficulties.[/p][p]Our aspirations are for children and young people to have the same opportunities as people who are not on the spectrum, so that they can enjoy fulfilled and rewarding lives.[/p][p]Everyone at Autism Bedfordshire wishes Retty the best of luck in completing this crazy challenge for a charity that is close to her heart”[/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

10 Apr 2019



Bunzle Antilles

Dear Maretta, what an amazing challenge to take on! You are so brave! Look forward to hearing all about it. Love Clare and Jonathan xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Suzi and Jon

Jon and I wanted to support you in this phenomenal adventure - you are truly a brave and lovely lady xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


The Sherry Family

Go girl! Thank you for doing this. A very worthy cause and hopefully you'll have fun too!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Amanda Lloyd

Good luck x

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Moira Martingale

Have a very zippy birthday, Marietta! What a great idea. Moira

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Pam x

Well done!X

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Di and Andrew

Crazy Granny - What an amazingly daring thing to do - fantastic. You are certainly made of some stern stuff!!!! Lots of love from us both, and lots of good luck on the day. xxxxxx


Jim and Jaynie

Go Retty! :-)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jem and Annie

Great cause Retty! I may be younger but not HALF as brave! Enjoy your flight. X

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Nicky Watkinson

Good luck - you're a braver lady than me!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid