John joined patrons Dame Stephanie Shirley and Jeremy Irons for the official launch of the Autism at Kingwood's allotment in Henley. The allotment provides opportunites for adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome to enjoy gardening and benefit from the physical, social and therapeutic aspects of being involved in nature through this horticultural project.
John said: "I was delighted to be able to join Patrons, staff, clients and volunteers at the allotment and share in the celebration. It is strange in these times when events have to be organised to allow for social distancing and so numbers present had to be limited. Thus I was all the more honoured to be able to attend. I have long had an interest in autism and supported many constituents and charities in this area over the years. The work being done here is fantastic.
Autism at Kingwood is a charity which provides support to autistic adults and people with Asperger Syndrome, across the Thames Valley.
John added: "It was also helpful to have the opportunity to learn more about the work of Autism at Kingwood from their Chief Executive Kate Allen, their Head of Fundraising and Communications Phillipa Stannard, and their newly appointed gardening Coordinator, Caroline Powell. Caroline will be running group and individual sessions to help clients learn more about gardening and also to cook some of the crops grown."