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Facial Hair Growing Competition – all for Charity!
A bunch of smoothies!! Before the big grow! Darren (left) with William, Adrian and Greg.
A bunch of smoothies!! Before the big grow! Darren (left) with William, Adrian and Greg.

Stranmillis porter Darren Booth explains about ‘Growvember’:

‘The National Autism Society “NAS” is a charity very close to my heart. In 2008 my wife Louise and I had a lovely baby girl called Rachel. She was 8 pounds and healthy in every way. However we started to notice she was not meeting her milestones: she had delayed crawling, walking and speech. Her fine and gross motor skills were very poor and she also had poor muscle tone and would fall frequently. By the time she was school age she had been diagnosed with a moderate learning disability and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Five years later, this year she was also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. This was not a surprise to us as parents as the signs were always there and her difficulties were getting more pronounced as she was getting older.

Then we joined NAS! What a fantastic charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger’s syndrome). Based on the charity’s experience, and with support from their members, donors and volunteers, they provide life-changing advice to millions of autistic people. In Northern Ireland NAS provide local specialist help, information and care across the province for autistic children and adults and their families. They offer health and social services, including support in your home, short breaks and respite, social groups, relationship and health education, and parent groups.

Five Stranmillis staff have agreed to take part in a beard-growing competition called “Growvember”. Greg McCready, William McWilliams, Adrian Kennedy, Freddy McFadden and myself are growing our  beards for the month of November and the person with the largest beard at the end of the month will receive a small prize (at a very prestigious award ceremony!).

Collection boxes and donation forms in aid of NAS will be available at the reception desks in Main Building, Central Building, Orchard Building & Stran House. There will also be a ‘Guess the Sweeties in the Sweetie Jar’ competition located at Central Building Reception – it's a small fee to enter and the jar and all its contents will be given to whoever makes the closest guess at the end of the month. November the 28th is the last day to donate.

I have set up a ‘JustGiving’ page for an easy way to donate for the Growvember NAS fundraising. Just click on the link below: .

JustGiving sends your donation straight to NAS and Gift Aid is automatically reclaimed if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you for your support!

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