Autistic student’s ‘remarkable’ efforts

Reporter:

Ben Goddard

A “TRULY remarkable” autistic student cycled 25 miles to raise funds for the National Autistic Society.

Rhys Perkins, 12, from Llandrindod Wells, rode from Llandrindod High School to Abbey Cwm Hir and back in poor weather, a total of 25 miles including some large hills.

The next day Rhys carried on his fundraising efforts by washing staff cars with the help of ex-pupil Michael Watkins from Paul Watkins & Sons Cleaning Services, Penybont.

From his fundraising efforts Rhys raised £250.

Headteacher Jane Asplin said: “I am very proud indeed with all that Rhys Perkins accomplished while at Llandrindod High School.

“The fundraising events in his last week at our school were truly phenomenal and a testament to his efforts and that of our wonderful staff, truly remarkable.”

Rhys took part in the charity cycle as part of Autism Awareness Day and was joined on the day by Shaun Payne, head of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit at Llandrindod High School, Bob Davies, a former exam officer who came back to the school to help Rhys’ fundraising, Mrs Tiernan and Elin Wozencraft.

The ASD Centre at Llandrindod Wells has been open for the past 10 years and looks after pupils who have been diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum with either Classic Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Mr Payne said that the ASD centre at the school helps pupils to stay in mainstream education.

He said: “The pupils are educated within mainstream lessons and participate in an emotional literacy programme to help them understand and make sense of the world around them.

“At present we have pupils across all the year groups including the sixth form.
“Past pupils have gone on to study at university, attend college and been successful in the workplace.

“The centre goes from strength to strength and as part of Autism Awareness month Rhys was involved in two events and raised more than £250.”

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