A father of an autistic little one is aiming to boost £1,000 to fund sport and social actions at a Northampton help group for dads of youngsters with particular wants and disabilities.

Piotr Maciaszek, “proud” father to Emily and Simon, has booked a 15,000ft parachute bounce for July 31 to boost cash for SENDS 4 Dads – who present info, suggestions and periods on navigating on a regular basis life.

When his son Simon, 11, was recognized with autism in 2016, he didn’t know the place to go for assist and help – and located the vast majority of periods have been catered closely to moms.

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Piotr with youngsters Emily and Simon.

Although he was made to really feel welcome in these teams, after researching and discovering SENDS 4 Dads and attending their ‘dad’s breakfast’, he immediately knew it was the place for him.

Piotr, 43, stated: “Not solely does the group present invaluable info, it presents ethical help and a possibility to socialize.

“Though parenting a toddler with particular wants may be very fulfilling, it additionally brings its personal set of challenges and requires virtually boundless power and psychological fortitude to struggle for the proper help in training and day by day life.

“Prejudice and lack of inclusion are sadly nonetheless widespread.”

Piotr with spouse Urszula and youngsters Emily and Simon.

Piotr, from East Hunsbury, admits when Simon was recognized, though he and his spouse Urszula knew one thing was occurring, it got here as a “shock”.

On the time, he was working lengthy hours and “didn’t take the time to course of Simon’s prognosis”, however after discovering SENDS 4 Dads, he “threw himself into it”.

Regardless of solely beginning to fundraise a number of weeks in the past, Piotr has already exceeded £700 – and that is with the parachute bounce to come back.

Talking concerning the optimistic affect Paul Meadows, who established SENDS 4 Dads, has had on his life, Piotr stated: “He’s helped me loads and I wished to provide again.”

As well as, Piotr has additionally been donated a signed rugby ball from the Northampton Saints’ first group, and he’s “assured” auctioning it off – and sponsorships for his parachute bounce – will take him over the £1,000 mark.

He stated: “Being a mum or dad of an autistic little one might be lonely typically. Solely final yr, Simon acquired his first invitation to a celebration and this yr, when he turned 11, he determined to ask some classmates to have fun – it was superb to see.

“Individuals who attend the SENDS 4 Dads periods know what it’s like and I don’t want to clarify how I’m feeling.

“Once I attend conferences, I’m assured I can communicate overtly about my private challenges with out concern of being judged or misunderstood.”

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Piotr additionally recalled a “breakthrough” second, which he believes could be obscure to those that do not need autistic youngsters.

The group presents one thing for everybody and if the kids don’t really feel like partaking in sports activities, they will play board video games, draw, or watch movies collectively.

When Simon and a pal sat collectively watching a video about Minecraft, Piotr stated “seeing a small second like that meant a lot”.

Assist is obtainable to the mother and father and youngsters who attend and “addressing psychological well being difficulties provides one other dimension,” stated Piotr.

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