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In BBC Children in Need’s latest round of funding allocations the charity has awarded Autism East Midlands a three-year grant of £106,756.

BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded funding totalling £106,756 to Autism East Midlands, supporting disadvantaged children and young people in Northamptonshire. The funding has been allocated through the charity’s Main Grants Programme.

The latest allocation means that BBC Children in Need currently has more than £829,000 invested locally in Northamptonshire.

The allocation comes as BBC Children in Need celebrates its fundraising total for the 2018 Appeal: £58 million. The charity said that the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. The 2018 total is the culmination of the efforts of every single person across the UK who did something to raise money, from rambles, dance-a-thons and duck races, to sky diving, quiz nights and bake sales.

Over three years, Autism East Midlands will use funding of £106,756 to deliver monthly clubs in a range of locations across the Northamptonshire region for children and young people on the autism spectrum, alongside their siblings. Through the programme of dedicated support the project aims to raise the children’s confidence and emotional wellbeing whilst providing them with a safe place to have fun and build friendships.

Stephen Knott, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Autism East Midlands, commented on the funding allocation, saying:

“We want to say an enormous thank you to everyone at BBC Children in Need for their support. This funding will allow us to deliver a wide range of activities that, with patience and understanding, break down the barriers to participation that many of the young people we support face. Simply providing the children and young people we support with the chance to be themselves, make friends, and have fun really does make a remarkable difference. Thank you!”

Speaking of the allocation, Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Regional Head of the Central Region said:

“We are delighted to be awarding funding to fantastic projects like this, knowing that they will make a lasting and tangible difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people locally. Without the help of our fundraisers, awards like this wouldn’t be possible, so a big thank you to everyone who showed their support in 2018.”

Speaking of the 2018 Appeal total, Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said:

“Once again our incredible supporters across the UK have done themselves proud. This tremendous result will allow us to continue our vital work to help make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. As a charity we exist to support organisations in communities across the UK which empower children and extend their life choices, and this phenomenal total will go a long way in helping us make a lasting impact. An enormous thank you to everyone who once again went above and beyond!”

Across Northamptonshire, BBC Children in Need is currently funding ten projects to a value of £829,000.

BBC Children in Need currently awards grants at six points during the year and funds two types of grants. The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, the Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year.

BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of the thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year. To date the UK public has raised over £1 billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.