“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short”- William Shakespeare
Last night (Tuesday 10th November) my wife and I had the pleasure of attending “Autistica’s” Gala Dinner to raise funds for their programme of vital autism research. The inspiring and sensational evening was hosted at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre along the Southbank in London, with special guests including Alistair McGowan, who sat on our table and was highly entertaining throughout the night, and the phenomenal Derek Paravicini whose talent was incredible. Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. He is truly breath taking.
I was asked to donate a painting to be auctioned by Christie’s very own auctioneer Kate Flitcroft. My still life painting of “Eggs, Oysters and Garlic” raised an incredible £3,200, and I would just like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank-you to everyone who bid on the painting, it was for a excellent cause and will allow Autistica to continue with their life changing research.
Autistica relies solely on the donations to fund its ground-breaking research into autism and associated issues such as depression and anxiety. The night was truly inspiring and I am overwhelmed to be able to be a part of it. It was eye opening to see how art gives these children and adults a way to express themselves and gives them a chance to show off their incredible talent and skills. Many people with autism cannot speak or communicate with people so for them, art is their way of communicating and gives them a hint of “normality”.