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Jonathan Braves the Shave for Autism

Posted on 4th March 2019

Inspired by his campaigning grandparents and love for his brother, Jonathan shares his story of how he got a whole new look for autism ...

This is my story.  My name is Jonathan Wright. I have a brother who is autistic but my story started before we were even born ...

My Grandparents, Les and Betty Wright, campaigned and fundraised with Pat Minshull [founder of Autism Initiatives] and friends to establish “Peterhouse”.

Many years later they both worked for Autism Initiatives, Nan in the office and Grandad as a driver.

I have had long hair and a beard for many years and decided to have a complete change of image. A work colleague and friend of mine, Jenny Matthews, suggested we make good use of this and raise funds for a charity.

We decided to donate the hair to the Princess Trust and the money raised would go to Autism Initiatives.

The Alt Park pool team joined us by hosting a Race Night followed by Karaoke. This boosted the donations already made by friends, family and local residents.

Mike who owns the local Barbers “Son of a Barber” located on Northway donated his time and skill in making the transformation happen. The staff also donated their tips.

The whole evening was a community event and was well attended thanks to everyone’s support and commitment.

In total we raised £1990.55.

Community Fundraiser Ed Green said:  "We are so grateful that Jonathan has been inspired by his family to use this radical change of image as a platform to raise funds and awareness for autism.  The money raised will be used to provide additional IT resources for autistic children at Peterhouse and will make a positive difference to pupils at this 'Outstanding' specialist school."