Holiday home owners at Swaleside Holiday Park have helped to raise more than £1,200 for children and young people with special educational needs.

The Swaleside Autism Day was hosted by Erica and Steve Dicks (pictured) to raise money for Priory Woods School and Art College in Middlesbrough, a cause which is very close to their hearts as their grandson attends the school. The school caters for pupils from the ages of four to 19 who have a range of educational needs, including those with severe learning difficulties and pupils with profound and multiple needs.

Swaleside Autism Day took place on Saturday, July 20th, and included stalls selling homemade cakes, tea and coffee, and glasses of wine or Prosecco. A raffle featured some fabulous prizes thanks to the generosity of residents and local businesses.

Amanda Kenney, park manager at Swaleside, said: “Erica and Steve, along with staff here at the park, were delighted with the support we received from our holiday home owners and friends.

“We would like to thank everyone who came for their generosity and for making the Swaleside Autism Day a massive success. It was a lovely day with great company, and we just cannot thank everyone enough. Our aim was to help build a better future for families affected by autism, and we are proud to have raised such a fantastic amount for Priory Woods School.”

All our holiday parks hold events throughout the year to raise money for local charities and good causes, including York Rescue Boat and holding MacMillan Coffee Mornings, which take place in September. One forthcoming event is the annual Hog Roast in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which takes place this year at Old Hall on Saturday, August 17th.

Our park communities are always very supportive and generous, and we are grateful to everyone who gets involved and helps us raise vital funds for these amazing organisations.