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Action packed day in aid of twins

PUBLISHED: 15:02 17 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

AROUND 200 youngsters have been enjoying the thrills of an energetic, action-packed activity week - and helping two young autistic children, too.

The annual summer camp in the grounds of Orwell Park School at Nacton is being attended daily by children from all over the Ipswich and Felixstowe area.

AROUND 200 youngsters have been enjoying the thrills of an energetic, action-packed activity week – and helping two young autistic children, too.

The annual summer camp in the grounds of Orwell Park School at Nacton is being attended daily by children from all over the Ipswich and Felixstowe area.

They have been enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, including archery, an assault course, games and swimming for more than five hours each day.

As well as giving the youngsters a fantastic time during the school break, the event – now in its fourth year – means that parents can have some free time, too, knowing their children are safe and having fun.

Organisers of the camp have this year decided to give some of the proceeds to the charity fund set up to help Ipswich twins Samuel and Kate Horsfield.

The three-year-olds are both autistic and their parents Peter and Samantha, of Camden Road, face paying a staggering £60,000 over the next two years for the tots' specialist teaching.

The money will ensure that the youngsters can continue to have vital intensive therapy on the Lovaas programme, which their parents hope will one day mean they can enter a mainstream school.

Mr and Mrs Horsfield lost a battle with the local educational authority to pay for the Lovaas programme for the children, whose condition traps them in a world of their own.

n The Evening Star and Disability Care Enterprise have joined forces to hold a 10-mile sponsored walk from Witnesham to Woodbridge in aid of the fund for little Samuel and Kate. The walk will take place on Saturday, August 25, and details and sponsorship forms are available from Amanda Cresswell on 01473 282369.

WEBLINKS: www.orwellpark.demon.co.uk

Autism Independent UK (formerly the Society for the Autistically Handicapped) – www.autismuk.com

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