A North Yorkshire organisation which works with horses to offer therapeutic help for youngsters with autism has been awarded £15,000 from the government’s Innovation Fund –  £1.2 million distributed by the Department of Health to improve local autism services and increase awareness of this condition.

Autism Angels, based in Sicklinghall, near Wetherby, and run by founder Sarah Shearman and her team, is one of 42 companies and projects to benefit from a cash boost. It plans to use the money to fund its extensive programme for those on the Autistic Spectrum.

“We are ecstatic about securing the funding,” said Sarah. “We know that our work makes a massive difference, not just to the child with autism, but to their whole family. It’s not only about the individual – it’s important that we look at each situation holistically, that we care for siblings and Mum and Dad as well."

Autism Angels runs courses and regular events such as summer camps and fun days for families with children on the Autistic Spectrum and for those who work in this field. For more information, telephone 07764 277146, email info@autismangels.co.uk or visit autismangels.co.uk.