Matchams racetrack regular Derek Trotter unveils Autism Wessex signage in show of support

Bournemouth Echo: Derek Trotter with Autism Wessex pupils Derek Trotter with Autism Wessex pupils

A MATCHAMS racetrack regular has spray painted his car to show support for charity Autism Wessex.

Autism Wessex supporter Derek Trotter unveiled the new signage on his race car – the Autism Wessex logo – and met some of the pupils he is hoping to help through raising awareness.

Mr Trotter is the husband of one of Autism Wessex’s residential home managers and is a keen supporter of the regional charity.

A regular racer at Matchams, he said: “Autism Wessex is a charity close to my heart and I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the vital work they do to support people affected by autism – and I thought adding the logo to my car was the perfect way I could personally show my support.”

Autism Wessex is the regional charity for anyone affected by autism across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Portfield School is just one of the many services it offers.

Tyler Collins, headteacher of Portfield School, said: “This is a fantastic idea to raise the profile of the school and awareness of the charity as a whole, while the pupils loved meeting Derek and seeing our logo on the car.

“All awareness and fundraising really does make a difference to what we can offer at the school and the lives of the children and adults the charity supports.”

Autism Wessex and Mr Trotter would also like to thank Roland Hilder, who sprayed the car and added the logo.

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5:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

John T says...

What a plonker!
Ironically, you would have made more of an impact with a Reliant Robin, Derek!
What a plonker! Ironically, you would have made more of an impact with a Reliant Robin, Derek! John T

5:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Bournefre says...

John T wrote:
What a plonker!
Ironically, you would have made more of an impact with a Reliant Robin, Derek!
... And there it is. First comment.
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: What a plonker! Ironically, you would have made more of an impact with a Reliant Robin, Derek![/p][/quote]... And there it is. First comment. Bournefre

6:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

losthope says...

Good luck to them, and to all at Wessex autism in raising awareness of a condition that is NOT a mental health issue or a learning difficutly, although both can come with it. Instead it is a developmental delay and a fundamentally different way of looking at the world, which, along with the over-sensitive senses that often come with it, makes the world we take for granted an incredibly complicated and dangerous seeming place for autistics.
Good luck to them, and to all at Wessex autism in raising awareness of a condition that is NOT a mental health issue or a learning difficutly, although both can come with it. Instead it is a developmental delay and a fundamentally different way of looking at the world, which, along with the over-sensitive senses that often come with it, makes the world we take for granted an incredibly complicated and dangerous seeming place for autistics. losthope

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