A MUM’S campaigning on behalf of her autistic son has helped raise more than £1,000 for SAFC’s Foundation of Light.
Sara Berry, 33, visited the Stadium of Light with Steve Millburn, manager of Starbucks at The Bridges, to hand over the cash.
The coffee shop has backed the South Hylton mum’s efforts, putting its weight behind raffles and other fund-raising drives on her behalf.
Son Jack, six, who goes to Columbia Grange School, in Washington, has been involved with the foundation’s Making Moves programme, which aims to “educate and inspire disabled children”, for the past two years.
“I found out about Making Moves and. ever since, Jack has a lot more confidence,” Sara said.
“He learns how to interact with other children and he loves all the coaches there. The inspiration they have given him is amazing.
“When he was first diagnosed with autism, I never thought he would be able to achieve anything, but to see him now playing football, riding bikes and doing all this is overwhelming.
“When I first did the fund-raising in Easter, we only raised £150, but I was overwhelmed that other people wanted to take part in something I believe in.”
“The amount of support I have had is just unbelievable.”