Charity founder needs your vote

August 26 2021
Charity founder needs your vote

The founder of a Knowle disability charity is through to the final of a national award, recognising her work with the Bristol community.

Kate Laine-Toner [pictured, above], 50, set up charity Bristol Autism Support nine years ago when she couldn’t find support for her autistic daughter.

 She is one of four finalists for the Bloody Awesome Parent award, in recognition of the 10,000 hours she has devoted to growing the charity while caring for a disabled child.

 She now faces a public vote to choose between her and the other finalists. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in November, organised by My Family Our Needs.

 Based in Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol Autism Support is the only autism-specific parent-carer support charity covering the Bristol area. It provides support to 3,000 local families.

 Kate said: “I’m honoured to have been recognised in this way, especially because I was up against an amazing shortlist of worthy entrants.

“My mission is to make sure that every parent and carer of an autistic child can access support and information not only after their child is diagnosed, but from the moment they suspect their child may be autistic."

The public can vote for Kate at bit.ly/vote-for-kate