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Over 100 people walk for ‘Triple A’

The ‘Triple A’ walk in aid of autism awareness saw over 100 people join in the event.

The walk organised by Triple A – Awesome Autism Awareness – was followed by a fun day with live entertainment and activities for all the family.

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The Minister for Health Neil Costa attended tha event as well as the beavers, cubs, St. John’s ambulance cadets and No1. Models.

After the walk No.1 models, Della Slade, Ace of Slades, The Jersey Boys, Panic Station and Crimson Clover performed at the fun day.

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“Triple A on Saturday was a huge success, most importantly we continue to have the conversation about autism and raise the awareness more every day,” said organiser Lesley Chadwick.

“My twin boy Alfee was diagnosed at the age or two years and three months with autism.”

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“I was so happy and relieved to find out there was something that didn't fit, to know I could now educate myself in raising him to my best ability and understand his needs.”

“This doesn’t mean it was easy, he has a brother only a year older and a twin sister - it was quite a chaotic household but my patience and understanding grew and grew and the bond between us was something no one else could come into. Alfee did not speak until he was four, but this is good news. I was told he would never speak at all.”

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Mrs Chadwick added the charity event was in a bid to raise awareness and the idea to organise the event was inspired by her son Alfee.

“Evelyn, his twin, has been now been diagnosed in August 2018 to be on the Autism spectrum,” Mrs Chadwick said.

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“Again this is good news I can now push even harder for her in school and help understand her way. Autism in girls is immensely different. They hide it very well and do a great job of coping through mimicking mummy.”

“I am so pleased people no longer think I am crazy and Evelyn isn't just 'struggling' she just needs a little more time, patience and a different way of looking at things. Evelyn has been receiving the support she needs and is doing absolutely fantastic. Her anxiety is slowly becoming more controllable.”

Through the event Mrs Chadwick wants to continue the conversation about autism.