World Autism Awareness Day - 3/25/2009
Wishing Well House is looking forward to World National Awareness Day on 2nd April and hoping that more people will support the charity at local level to help us continue fund-raising to open the UK's first arts based school for children with autism. At the moment we are providing music and dance classes for children in the NW of England at a local church hall on the Fylde coast in Lancashire. These lessons are proving a huge success with visible progress being made in the children's social interaction and in some cases verbal skills. If anyone would like to arrange a fund-raising event or to make a donation in support of Wishing Well House then please use the contact information listed on this website. For more information on World Autism Awareness Day visit [http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1625]National Autistic Society[/url]
Noel Gordon raises £830 - 11/14/2008
A huge thank you to Noel Gordon for literally walking over hot coals to raise an amazine £830 for Wishing Well House. Not only that but Noel also walked across broken glass and snapped a real metal tipped arrow with the soft part of his neck! Noel chose to support Wishing Well House as he has a gorgeous son who is autistic and he wanted to help other children with autism. Pictures were taken on a mobile phone but we wanted to share them with our supporters and to once again thank Noel for raising such a significant amount of money to help children with autism.
No Chance of Getting Cold Feet In Sponsored Firewalk! - 8/24/2008
On 26th September 2008, Noel Gordon from Northolt in Middlesex, will be literally treading on hot coals as he takes part in a firewalk in aid of Wishing Well House. Noel has no connection with the charity, but he read about what we are trying to achieve via the website and because he has a child who is on the autistic spectrum, he wanted to do what he could to help improve the lives of similar children who are autistic. The coals reach a temperature of 1000 degrees and this amazing selfless display of courage to help others will take place at Taunton Rugby Club and anyone interested in supporting Noel can sponsor him by logging on to http://www.justgiving.com/aba-firewalker On behalf of all of us at Wishing Well House charity we would like to say a huge thank you in advance for your kindness and support. Good luck! Pictured is Noel's gorgeous four year old son.
She Did It! Friend of Wishing Well House Raises £1500! - 7/26/2008
Anita Watson demonstrated incredible courage when she did a solo parachute jump from a plane in aid of Wishing Well House. Supporters were there on the day to cheer her on and having faced a full day's training Anita had to pass an exam before she was given the go ahead to make her way to the plane. It was an amazing triumph and everyone watched in total admiration as she jumped from the plane single-handedly and then breathed a sigh of relief as the parachute opened successfully and she manouvered her way thousands of feet down to safety. Wishing Well House would like to thank Anita for being so brave and for all her efforts and support for our charity.
Anita Watson Jumping Solo From A Plane In Support of Wishing Well House Please Support Her - 5/30/2008
Friend of the trustees Anita Watson will be jumping solo out of a Cessna 206 plane from 3500 feet on Saturday 7th June at around 4pm in order to raise money for Wishing Well House. When asked why she decided to take such a giant leap for the charity Anita said: "This is something I have wanted to do for many years and I can't think of a better reason for doing it! Having met Lucien, I now have more of an understanding of just how much this type of teaching could benefit the children and I wanted to do what I could to help."
Lucien Coulon, the inspiration behind the charity is autistic and his Mum Regina is one of the trustees. Commenting on Anita's amazing courage she said: "I cannot thank her enough for what she is doing to raise money and awareness for Wishing Well House, it is a wonderful gesture and Anita will certainly be at the top of our list to join us when we raise enough money and open the doors to welcome our first pupils".
Anyone wishing to support Anita's parachute jump can do so by logging on to www.justgiving.com/anitawatson to make a secure online donation. The parachute jump will take place at The Parachute Centre Ltd, Tilstock Airfield, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2HA. Hope to see you all there.
An Extraordinary Person - 4/10/2008
Many of you will have seen the programme last night on Channel 5 about Stephen Wiltshire, which once again helped to raise awareness about autism, and thankfully made the point that the majority of children with autism do not possess savant syndrome, where extraordinary mental abilities are prevalent.
As a child, Stephen was mute and did not relate to other human beings. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language, uncontrolled tantrums and lived entirely in his own world.
At the age of five, Stephen was sent to a school for children with special needs, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line and reveal a natural innate artistry.
Aged eight, Stephen started drawing cityscapes after the effects of an earthquake (all imaginary) as a result of being shown photographs of earthquakes in a book at school. He also became obsessed with cars and illustrations of cars at this time (his knowledge of them is encyclopaedic) and he drew most of the major London landmarks.
His teachers encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word - "paper." He learned to speak fully at the age of nine.
On last night's programme he accurately drew the London skyline from memory following a 15 minute helicopter ride over the capital city.
Just as art unlocked Stephen's verbal skills, Wishing Well House is planning to use music and movement to help children with autism to communicate and to eventually help them to use speech. It has been proven that song can help to improve verbal communication and social skills.
To learn more about Stephen or to purchase his art log on to
We desperately need money to get the school open. You can currently donate by cheque.