Charity challenge raises much needed funds for ADHD and autism

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An Arbroath mum’s 600 mile endurance challenge has raised nearly £3000 in support of families affected by ADHD and autism.

Today (Thursday) at Ladyloan Primary School Dianne Edgar presented a cheque for £2869 to charity Parent to Parent after completing her sponsored challenge during which she racked up 500 miles on her bicycle and 100 miles walking and running throughout May.

When asked what had prompted her to fundraise for Parent to Parent Dianne simply said: “Lennon and his mum.”

Youngster Lennon McDonald, a pupil at Ladyloan, and his family are supported by the charity, and one day at the school gates Dianne got talking to Lennon’s mum Ashley Willliamson who explained their situation.

Dianne said: “Better known charities like Cancer Research get a lot of money raised for them, but ADHD and autism don’t have a lot done for them. It’s good to help out this charity which does so much for people with ADHD and autism.”

Ashley added: “I’d like to thank Dianne for everything she has done, it’s absolutely amazing. Thank you for the support and it’s really great she has done this for a charity that is not recognised very often.”

Ladyloan Primary School also added to the total thanks to a sponsored non-uniform day.

Accepting the cheque was Trudy Doidge, service manager with Parent to Parent. She said: “I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks on behalf of the children and families of Parent to Parent for this fantastic support from Dianne. We’re truly humbled by the support. Dianne’s son came on placement with us and Lewis is a credit to Dianne. We are a charity that support parents with children with additional needs and we support 900 families across Tayside. This is going to make a huge difference to us.”