Although the children enjoy the activities, I have benefited so much from being able to talk to other parents and access support for me.

Janine - Thurrock

It is such a warm and friendly place and we can sit and relax with a coffee knowing both children are so happy - we never get a chance to do this anywhere else.

Rachel - Brentwood

Thursday 11th May 2017

By George! Teenager’s Quiz Night supports SNAP

George, a pupil at St John Payne School in Chelmsford, not only made sure the event took place, he took on the role of quiz master and helped write the questions for the friends, family, fellow pupils and staff who attended.

He also arranged for live music from the Showchoir in Chelmsford on the night, as well as producing publicity material for the event and talking directly to local businesses, asking for raffle prizes. The generosity of dad's chiropody patients also greatly contributed.

The result was a fantastic £1,150 raised for SNAP, which George and mum Anne were delighted to present to the charity at its Warley centre.

"We decided on a Quiz Night because George has a special interest in them and we wanted to do something that he could personally be involved in," said Anne.

The family gave special thanks to Sylvia and Bernard Holmes of Barnards Farm in West Horndon (www.barnardsfarm.eu) for letting them host the evening in their beautiful barn. George can be found most weekends volunteering at the miniature railway there.

The event was held in the run up to World Autism Awareness Week and Anne said SNAP's role in helping young people with autism made the charity a worthy recipient of money raised by the Quiz Night. The National Autistic Society also benefitted from the evening.

"SNAP has been a major influence on our lives and their positive guidance over the years has taught us to embrace the differences that autism brings," she said.

SNAP's Fundraising Co-ordinator, Robert Dennis, said the team were delighted to receive the cheque from George and he was full of praise for the fifteen-year-old's efforts.

"He put a huge amount of work into the Quiz Night and the success of the event, and the fantastic amount of money raised would not have happened without George," said Robert.

George is now thinking about his next fundraising idea: "The Quiz Night was a fabulous evening, enjoyed by everyone who came and I hope this will be the first of many events I can do to support the great work done by SNAP."