A hairdresser in Newcastle Emlyn with an autistic grandson is organising a series of events to raise money for organisations in Wales that help people with autism.

Pamela Atterbury, owner of a Cut Above in Newcastle Emlyn, has already raised £1,000 in donations for the National Autistic Society Cymru, which she hopes to increase by doing a parachute jump in August. She also plans to raise money for her grandson’s school, Mount Airey in Haverfordwest, by organising a coffee morning and a sponsored walk.

“These organisations do such fantastic work,” said Pamela. “Since my four year old grandson has been at Mount Airey he has developed so much, and his parents have had a lot of support and advice. Families of autistic people need expert help to cope with day to day issues. I want to do what I can to help the organisations that provide it.

“It is estimated that more than one in 100 people have autism. Yet many people know little about it. I want to raise awareness as well as raise money.”

The first fundraising event is a coffee morning at 10.00 am on Saturday 31st May in the Holy Trinity Community Hall on Church Lane, Newcastle Emlyn. Coffee and homemade cakes will be for sale. There will also be a raffle and other fund-raising games.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the traders in Newcastle Emlyn,” added Pamela. “The prizes they have donated are fantastic, ranging from a food hamper of local produce to vouchers for beauty treatments.”

Other fund-raising events planned include a sponsored walk between Tenby and Saundersfoot in June and a skydive by Pamela in August. more follows

To make a donation please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=pamelaatterbury or call in at A Cut Above in Emlyn Square.