Launch of our Respite Appeal 2010. Pictured L to R: Dame Steve Shirley, Duke of Westminster and Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Gerald Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster earlier today.

The Duke was President of Autism Together (Wirral Autistic Society) for many years and with his help we launched several successful fundraising campaigns, indeed we were lucky enough to hold some of our most memorable events in the grounds of his estate in Eaton Hall, Chester.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this sad time.

Robin Bush
Chief Executive, Autism Together