CASH from a coffee-break raffle will help give youngsters a better future.
The draw at Starbucks coffee shop, in The Bridges, Sunderland, was watched over by the city mayor and mayoress, Couns Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan.
Sara Berry, founder of autism support group Smiles of Pride, organised the event to raise money for SAFC’s Foundation of Light, with £150 raised.
The club’s charity runs coaching sessions with disabled kids, including Sara’s six-year-old son Jack, who is autistic.
The mum, who lives in South Hylton, decided to bring parents of disabled children and those with learning difficulties together and has already been offered help by charities National Autistic Society, Hope 4 Kidz and Contact A Family.
She has also teamed up with youth group Hendon Young People’s Project (HYPP) to help families.
She said: “I am so excited to be working with HYPP and developing a better support group for parents.
“Along with doing my counselling diploma at Sunderland College, I feel that I have landed on my feet.
“This offer to work along with HYPP and bring a service to parents like myself will help to bring a better friendship and I have the chance to be more involved with the project in Hendon.”
HYPP project worker Richy Duggan Jnr joined the get-together to thank Starbucks for its support.