Callum loves to Dance on stage!

Callum loves to Dance on stage!

Recently Heidi Kirrage mother of Callum was my guest at my regular ‘All Things Autism’ Women’s Radio Station programme which is to be aired very soon.Heidi shares with Autism Advocate Anna Kennedy OBE :

Callum is 11 years old and he was born in Russia. Callum lived the first part of his life in a Russian orphanage, he was finally adopted and came home to his family at age 1.  

Callum was always appeared different to other children and was extremely active. He had his own unique ways and life could be a real struggle for him. Callum was finally diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorder and OCD.

Primary school was very hard as he struggled to fit in, and he found it hard to socialise and keep up with others. He is now of secondary school age and currently out of education whilst his mum Heidi is trying to fight for the right specialist provision for Callum.

Callum has an absolute love of music and dance . This is how he expresses himself and dance is what makes him happy. He started a street dance class at age 5 and it just grew from there.  In 2015 he performed at the well known Autism’s got talent at Mermaid Theatre in London and that was  when his life changed. His confidence grew, he made friends and gained an absolute love of performing, since then he has performed at a further 2 autism’s got talent roadshow’s in Middlesex and Cornwall.

In 2016 through the UK Autism Charity Anna Kennedy online he was awarded a scholarship at Pineapple Performing Arts school every Sunday afternoon at Covent Garden where he takes part in 3 hours of dance.He absolutely loves it there and is just included and accepted for being himself. Callum has a motto – he says  ‘ADHD and Autism won’t stop me’. Callum makes Anti Bullying videos to try to help and inspire others. Callum’s dream is to be a dancer in the future and perform on stage or in music videos.

Father Christmas visits an autism friendly Kilmarnock Horse Rescue

Father Christmas visits an autism friendly Kilmarnock Horse Rescue

Patron of both Kilmarnock Horse Rescue and Autism Support Crawley Anna Kennedy OBE appealed to the generosity of the public. “With Kilmarnock bursting at the seams, winter will be really tough for them,” she said.“Hay, feed ,bedding and vet bills have resulted to more than they anticipated and they now requesting support for donations to the charity.“In what we understand is a tough few months for everyone, Kilmarnock and I as Patron are asking – if you’re able to help in any way you can then please do.

Kilmarnock hosted now for over 4 years an Autism Friendly Christmas Afternoon with the big man himself Father Christmas. Selection boxes were given to autistic children and their siblings once again to members of Autism Support Crawley .Christmas snacks and drinks were available for all the families attending.

Anna Kennedy OBE shares ‘It’s always such a wonderful afternoon and watching the children with the horses and ponies is always so magical.We are grateful to Kilmarnock for hosting this annual event’ Anna shares that one of the children asked Father Christmas how he fits all the cookies and mince pies into his tummy from around the world. Father Christmas replied that was a secret.

If you would like to donate to Kilmarnock Horse Rescue Ifield please contact Founder Carol Jackson and see their charity website: www.kilmarnockhorserescue.co.uk

Source: https://london-tv.co.uk/father-christmas-visits-an-autism-friendly-kilmarnock-horse-rescue/

Thank you from Anna Kennedy Online

Thank you from Anna Kennedy Online

Anna Kennedy Online would to share a personal heartfelt thank you for the generosity for your dedication and continued kindness your collaboration to our events this year – we would not be able to do this without your support..

A big thank you for making 2018 a huge success for Anna Kennedy Online

Autism’s Got Talent receive a Global Accolade

Autism’s Got Talent receive a Global Accolade

Anna Kennedy OBE and her team of charity volunteers attended an event held at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch to receive a ‘Special Recognition Award’ for the charities inspirational Autism’s got Talent. Liam Burgess one of Autism’s Got Talent performers showcased his talent for the audience at the event a song from ‘Les Miserable’ and Liam received a standing ovation.

Pineapple Performing Arts were also in attendance supporting the charity since they have been working alongside Anna and her team at the Mermaid Theatre. Anna Kennedy shares with the audience that Autism’s Got Talent now receive auditions from overseas as well as across the UK and is a springboard for performers to go onto other avenues and many friendships are made amongst performers and their families.

The founder Caroline Makaka Founder of Ladies Of All Nations International also known as LOANI is a champion of diversity. She contacted Anna at the beginning of the Year after she heard of the work of the charity and was impressed with the hard work and determination of Anna alongside her volunteers in raising autism awareness and acceptance.

LOANI operates world wide chiefly to bring Nations together under the umbrella of humanity with the ultimate goal being to support and uplift the under privileged in various communities.

LOANI is now covering 85 Countries worldwide promoting diversity and inclusiveness covering ALL aspects of Equality & Diversity – including age, race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability. etc. 

Closing date for next year’s entries for Autism’s Got Talent is 31st December 2018 – click here for further information.

Source: https://www.essex-tv.co.uk/autisms-got-talent-receive-a-global-accolade/

Autism’s Got Talent performer Jasmine Brinkhurst stars on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘.

Autism’s Got Talent performer Jasmine Brinkhurst stars on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘.

One of our Autism’s Got Talent performers the talented Jasmine Brinkhurst ,was given an incredible opportunity to record one of her favourite songs ‘Rise Up’ to say thank you to her mum Sue on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘. It was recorded at the beginning of this year and I was approached by the BBC since they had seen some of our performers from our world known Autism’s Got Talent through my social media posts and charity website. 

Jasmine and her mum sent in her entry to our show in 2016. It was filmed in her bedroom which is Jasmines favourite place to sing. I was so impressed I asked Jasmine to showcase her beautiful voice at The Mermaid Theatre alongside other performers from across the UK and overseas to an audience of 500 people . Jasmine was amazing and received a standing ovation.

Sit back and relax and listen to Jasmine singing with a choir on the show last night. Surely a Christmas Number one!

Autism’s Got Talent will be in its 8th year in 2019 – if you are interested in showcasing your talent for our show click here to apply, the closing date is Dec 31 2018. 

Show us your Talent!!

Anna Kennedy OBE 

Director