Newcastle-under-Lyme, 27 March 2017: Local crafter Dawn Howard teamed up with children from the (NSAAA) to design a unique paper bouquet fit for royalty. The eye-catching design was presented to the Countess of Wessex by the NSAAA at a celebratory reception held at Keele Hall, Keele University on 7 March.
The NSAAA recently won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and the event at Keele Hall was held in recognition of this. The Countess of Wessex met members of the charity and witnessed first-hand the valuable work it carries out in communities across Staffordshire. The NSAAA provides help and advice to individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and extends that support to parents and carers too. The charity runs a series of social events and parent support groups and offers access to their library facilities.
Based in Newcastle-under- Lyme, crafting expert Dawn is a demonstrator for international craft company Stampin’ Up! UK. The local craft enthusiast was delighted to offer her support to the NSAAA.
Dawn Howard comments: “This initiative, in partnership with the NSAAA, was a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for craft and apply it to a really worthwhile cause. Ahead of the Countess’ visit, I ran a 2 hour crafting session with the children from the NSAAA who made all the flowers themselves – I took the completed flowers home and turned them into the paper-inspired posy. The children at the NSAAA should be really proud of their fantastic crafting efforts – especially as the bouquet got the royal seal of approval!”