Neil White's Captain's Page 2016
In 2009 my son, Samuel was diagnosed as having autism – he was
three-years old. At the time he was non-verbal and unable to walk.
With the help of support groups funded in whole or part by the National
Autistic Society, Samuel learnt how to talk and also walk, so much so,
that he can how attend mainstream school with the full time 1-2-1 help
of a support teacher.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is a British
charity for people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), including
autism and Asperger syndrome. The purpose of the organisation is to
improve the lives of people with autism in the United Kingdom.
Neil White, BUNGS Captain 2016
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a
person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects
how they make sense of the world around them.
More than 1 out of every 100 people within the UK has autism.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all autistic
people share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in
different ways. Some autistic people are able to live relatively
independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities
and need a lifetime of specialist support. People on the autism
spectrum may also experience over or under sensitivity to to sounds,
touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome
are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer
problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding
and processing language.
You cannot always tell that someone has autism just by looking at
them. Because of this autism is sometimes called a hidden disability.
Autism lasts for all of a person's life. But they can still do a lot
of things and learn a lot of skills.
The NAS is the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services.
Their trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the
lives of 100,000 people living with autism every year – through their
own specialist schools as well as support for those within mainstream
schools, within the community, at work and in the home environment.
For more information on autism and the work the National Autistic
Society does please go to
I am setting myself a fairly ambitious fund raising target of £3500
With your support and generous donations I hope to be able to give
back to the National Autistic Society as a way of my appreciation for
all the help that they have given me, my family and most importantly,
Thank you for reading and your support this year!
BUNGS Captain 2016
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Par 3 Challenge
This year, I will continue with the Captains Challenge on our
golf days The challenge is that all three players in a
group should hit their tee shots onto a par 3 of my choosing (or three
players of a fourball). A £1 entry fee is charged and the winning group takes half the pot
created and the other half goes to our charity.
If more than one group succeeds, they share the pot. If no group is
successful, the pot rolls over to the next golf day.