A unique appeal to enhance the lives of autistic adults was launched today by Wirral Autistic Society at The Long Room, Eaton Park, the home of the President of the Society the Duke of Westminster and hosted by the Vice President, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.

The ‘Lifetime Appeal’, with a target of £755, 000, is for the essential redevelopment of Wirral Autistic Society’s Raby Hall site and will provide a future for clients living in the residential care setting.

Guests heard details of the Lifetime Appeal objectives, including comprehensive architects plans, which already have planning permission and the personal story of the parents of Thomas Whelan, who explained how their son is cared for, how his quality of life is enhanced by the current facilities and how his care and the care of his fellow housemates would be transformed in the future if the Lifetime Appeal was successful.

Dianne Asher, Chief Executive Wirral Autistic Society said “the adults who we care for at Raby have autism, but also have additional complex needs such as severe communication difficulties, poorly developed social skills and awareness, and sensory processing difficulties.

Unfortunately the original Raby Hall can no longer adequately meet such complexities and we desperately need to redevelop the site. With the launch of our new appeal we hope to secure the future of the adults in our care”.

After an informative evening the 120 guests were treated to a performance by the Beathovens the Society’s house band and the only band of autistic musicians in the country. Rick Myers, Fundraising Officer said “We were delighted that so many people were able to join our reception to launch our new appeal.

Raby Hall was officially opened by HRH, Princess Anne in November 1979, and it is with the help of such generous patronage, that the cherished vision of our founding parents has continued to influence the future of our care facilities.”

If you would like to get involved with the Lifetime Appeal, please contact Rick Myers – 07887 631218 or rick.myers@wirral.autistic.org