OUR AUTISM, INCLUSION CAMPAIGN.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Heres how we done it

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Lloyds bank winner.
Lloyds bank winner.

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Award winner

When Covid-19 struck our country, it quickly became apparent to Melanie the lack of support in place for individuals with additional needs. The country entered a lockdown, but there was no visual resources readily available to explain what was going on, and the changes that covid-19 would bring. Many individuals with additional needs rely upon visual aids, to help them understand the world around them.


Melanie decided to create her own visual resources, such as social stories to help aid her autistic son Harry. Melanie shared them on her Facebook page Climbing the rainbow in the hope to help other families, and they were a big hit. The Facebook page went from 200 to over 3,000 likes over night, as her free resources were shared across the social media platform.  This spurred Melanie on to continue making free resources, to keep up with the latest guidelines. Melanie also tailored them to help suit individual circumstances. The resources were so popular they were used in schools, doctors surgeries and hospitals across the U.K. 


This saw Melanie win 2 regional awards, as well as a national award from Lloyds bank for her help during the pandemic for the special needs community. Melanie still continues to create free resources and you can find them on our website under printables.

So whats next?

Melanie hopes to be able to work with her local council and other services, to make her visuals readily available to those who need it.

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Lloyds bank small business winner

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Lloyds bank small business winner
Lloyds bank small business winner

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2021 

Whilst the world was still battling covid -19, we were determined to continue to spread positivity across our community. To show others that despite what may be occurring around us, we can still help to make a difference in others lives. Here are some of our achievements so far: 

  • At the start of 2021, We found out that Melanie had won “Lloyds bank small business of the year 2020 competition” with her small business Butterbean bizarre. This was a fantastic achievement to win a national award, this was for her work during the pandemic making free resources. The prize was a 90 minute mentoring session with Levi roots. Who helped Melanie 

    understand how to further her advocacy. 


  • During national autism awareness month, we held an online fundraiser in memory of Harry Cole a beautiful boy we was blessed to know.  We raised a staggering £2,600 in 3 weeks and the money from the fundraiser was donated to two charities, The warren school which is a special school in our town,  which was the school Harry attended. The money was to help towards the building of a special playground at their school.  The second charity was The National autistic society. Both these charities were close to Harrys parents. 


  •  In March 2021 we have managed to raise £3,000 so far for The National autistic society from our fundraising and sales from our charity items. This is an amazing achievement and a great start to 2021. 


  • In April 2021, Melanie received a letter to say that she was recognised as one of Hopestead's community champions. For her work during the pandemic and for supporting her community. 


  • In August 2021, we were invited to take part in Facebook "making a difference" campaign. Which was a feature advert about what we have been doing to help autistic children during the pandemic as well as advertising our blog page to help others. This for us was a highlight in our achievements so far, because it showed us we were making an impact. Especially to be recognised by Facebook.


  • In December 2021, we did our yearly Christmas fundraiser. Where we give back to local causes & charities. This year Harry chose the hospital staff of the children's ward at the James paget hospital, and thanks to our amazing sponsors. We managed to donate 60 light up bottles with a quote, to each member of the team as well as some tasty treats for the staff room. Please see our photos. 

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BBC cracker story

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BBC radio Suffolk certificate

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BBC cracker story

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The year for change

2020, saw Covid-19 take a hold of the country. Whilst this did slightly impact our usual fundraisers, we did achieve some great things and helped our autism awareness campaign. Here is some of the great things we done:

  • Raised over £1,500 for the national autistic society, from the sale of our autism awareness items from our online shop Butterbean bizarre.

  • Raised £350 during National autism week, for the national autistic society.

  • Created a new inclusion design, to feature on our items in our online shop. To help raise money for the national autistic society.

  • Melanie won the Suffolk business awards 2020, the changing lives special recognition award. For her help during the pandemic, showing the power of inclusion and creating free visual resources for individuals with additional needs. This showed the public, how small changes can have a big impact for others. As our story was featured in local press articles.

  • Melanie won the stars of Norfolk & Waveney awards 2020, for community hero of the year award. For her help during the pandemic and her services to the community. This helped to raise awareness around additional needs and inclusion as our story was featured in local press articles.

  • Melanie was awarded the BBC radio Suffolk 'making a difference award'. For her help during the pandemic making free visual resources for individuals with additional needs. Melanie was invited to talk on BBC radio Suffolk, which allowed her to talk about our campaign.

  • Melanie & Harrys yearly christmas fundraiser, saw them gift Harry & Jessicas school with christmas crackers and a small party bag for all 360 pupils on christmas lunch day. Which is the first time that has happened at the school, as normally only those pupils having hot dinners get a cracker. But we like to show the value of including everyone. This act was featured on the BBC news website.

Our sponsored 5 mile walk
Our sponsored 5 mile walk

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Newspaper article Walk.

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National Autistic Society Lowestoft.
National Autistic Society Lowestoft.

Me and Harry donating £295 to the National Autistic Society Lowestoft branch, to help them continue to run support groups.

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Our sponsored 5 mile walk
Our sponsored 5 mile walk

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Taking that first leap

In 2019, following the struggles my son faced and the negativity still surrounding autism. I decided to launch an autism awareness campaign, with the hope not only to make the world a kinder place for individuals like my son. But also to make society understand the importance of inclusion, and how even small changes can make all the difference.

Here is some of the things we did that year:

  • Launched our autism awareness designs, in our online shop Butterbean bizarre.

  • Raised £750 with an online raffle for The national autistic society, during national autism awareness week.

  • Melanie and Harry did a 5 mile sponsored walk, which helped to install a defibrillator into a local pre-school.

  • Raised £1000 for the national autistic society.

  • Raised £295 for The Lowestoft national autistic society branch, to help continue the running of their group.

  • Melanie was a finalist in the East Suffolk business & community awards, for services to the community.

  • Our autism awareness items were donated at the twinkle ball, hosted  by Paddy Mcguinness and his wife Christine.

  • Donated 30 of our light up bottles, as a christmas gift to Topcats charity in Lowestoft, who support children and young adults with addional needs.

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