A WIRRAL charity supporting people with autism has received a cash boost of more than £5,000 from the Globe's parent company.

Autism Together was among seven charities from across the region awarded a share of funding from our parent company's charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation, which provided £125,000 in cash to support charities across the country.

The North West’s share was £20,000 and this was distributed to good causes nominated by readers of our titles across the region.

We asked our readers to decide where this money should be spent in Wirral and, after being inundated with nominations, Autism Together was put forward as nominee for the area.

Wirral Globe:

People supported by Autism Together - a charity that was awarded £5,045.94 following a recent Globe reader vote

During November, we invited you to collect tokens printed inside the Globe which could then be sent to collection points across the borough. Each token collected was then used to allocate cash to the nominated charity.

The £5,045.94 awarded to the Bromborough-based charity will be used to fund therapy sessions, which give much-needed, personalised advice on any aspect of autism including employment, parenting, communication, coping strategies and anxiety reduction.

In the sessions, an individual can talk openly, in a confidential and safe environment, with two members of Autism Together’s award-winning Autism Training and Advisory Service (ATAS) team.

Wirral Globe:

Among those supported by Autism Together. Picture: Autism Together

Michelle Walklett, head of the Autism Training and Advisory Service (ATAS) team, told the Globe: "This funding is an amazing boost for the service.

"There are so many people out there who need our support but are not getting it at the moment, so this funding will create so many chances for people to come in."

Michelle added: "We are inundated with phone calls every day, so this will make such a difference."

Wirral Globe:

Chloe Jones and Michelle Walklett from Wirral Autism Together. Picture: Craig Manning

Chloe Jones, Autism Together’s fundraising officer, added: "I want to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone who cut out the tokens, ticked the box and put them in the boxes for us. We really appreciate it.

"Your support is going to help hundreds of people and change lives as much as it can.

“It will make a huge difference."