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Jane Asher visits Somerset Court in Brent Knoll
ACTRESS, author and celebrity baker, Jane Asher, visited specialist autism centre, Somerset Court, in Brent Knoll, today.
Jane is the president of The National Autistic Society, the charity which runs Somerset Court.
The centre, which was the UK’s first specialist autism support centre when it opened in 1974, helps adults with the condition to live independent lives.
During her visit, Jane was given a tour of the farm and learned about the entrepreneurial activity that takes place there, including sausage making, and jam and chutney production.
She also enjoyed a lunch with service users and judged a cake competition.
Jane’s visit followed her attendance yesterday at Hestercombe Gardens, near Taunton, where the chairman of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, revealed the NAS would be one of two charities he would be supporting over the next four years.
Cllr Fothergill aims to raise £50,000 for the NAS and the Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation.
Jane said: “I was so pleased to meet David in person as I was so delighted that he has chosen the National Autistic Society as one of his two chosen charities to support during his period in office.
“Autism isn’t an easy cause to raise money for and we really appreciate his generosity in not only raising money himself but encouraging others to do so.”
Cllr Fothergill said: “As chairman of the county council I am determined to do all I can to maximise this opportunity to help those less fortunate and I am proud that I will be using the privileges of office for their benefit of these two wonderful charities looking after those who have been dealt a real challenge in life.”