Gerry Marsden welcomed a national campaign for more support for people with autism when it arrived on Wirral yesterday (Thursday) aboard a ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’.
The singer has lived lived locally for decades and suppported Wirral Autistic Society campaigns in the past. A giant red button, which is the mascot of the National Autistic Society’s Push for Action campaign aimed at improving support for adults with autism, arrived in Liverpool before sailing across the Mersey to Birkenhead to be met by Gerry and Robin Bush, the Chief Executive of Wirral Autistic Society.
The button then moved on to the Pyramid shopping centre where members of the public were invited to ‘Push the Button’ and sign a petition supporting the campaign. The petition will be handed in at 10 Downing Street later in the month.
Gerry, who is in the middle of fronting a national sell-out tour of sixties bands, said: “The big red button is a bit of fun but it also carries a very important message. If they don’t get the right support many people with autism can struggle with everyday activities that many of us take for granted.”
Robin Bush said: “Living with autism can be challenging for individuals and their families but the right support can make an enormous difference. It will be great to see the button come to Merseyside and for people to back the campaign. If life is going to improve for those we support with autism we need people right across the country to Push for Action.”