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Autism charity Peach benefits from UK Healthcare donation

UK Healthcare has donated £5,000 to Peach, or Parents for the Early Intervention of Autism in Children.

The donation will be used to fund the Peach helpline, which offers help and advice to parents after their child is first diagnosed with autism, or before an official diagnosis has been made.

Sometimes a parent might suspect that their young child is living with autism without having yet to confirm this with a medical professional -- while others might struggle to come to terms with a diagnosis, or refuse to accept it.

Berkshire based charity Peach is perfectly positioned to support them all. The charity is run by fellow parents who are passionate about releasing the potential within every child they work with; and the best way of doing so is acting early to deal with their situation.

When parents call the Peach helpline, they gain access to all of the information and advice they might need, and can even talk to other parents who have been in their situation. They can also book bespoke training courses to help them to prepare for their new role. Often, they simply want to talk to an understanding person who could help them come to terms with life changing news like a diagnosis of autism.

Peach can provide this, but the organisation relies upon charitable donations, from companies like UK Healthcare, to be able to do so.

Mandy Williams, CEO of Peach, said: “We are a small organisation and appreciate every penny we receive from individual patrons or businesses like UK Healthcare. We were delighted to find out that UK Healthcare wanted to help.

“For a young charity such as ourselves, £5,000 represents a significant donation, which will allow us to keep helping parents through the Peach helpline. We are really grateful to UK Healthcare for their support”.

Peach is currently conducting research with Warwick University on parental experiences and outcomes of behavioural intervention for children living with autism. Their report is expected to be published later this year.

Parents can find out more and participate in the latest Peach survey at http://www.peach.org.uk.

UK Healthcare specialises in corporate health cash plans which can be used by company employees to claim back cash on a number of medical treatments and services up to generous policy limits.

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