Round Table brings smiles of joy to autism sufferer Thomas

Mark Luck and Matt Clark from Round Table with Lauren Stebbings and kids Charlotte and Thomas
Mark Luck and Matt Clark from Round Table with Lauren Stebbings and kids Charlotte and Thomas

An autistic youngster is sporting a smile a mile wide after a cash donation to buy a new iPad.

Thomas Stebbings received a cheque for £300 after his mum Lauren submitted an application to the Smile Fund.

The fund is a £10,000 pot being offered by Spalding and District Round Table to benefit the community.

Lauren, of Miller’s Rest, Whaplode, said in her application that the money would help buy the hi-tech device and cover for Thomas, which will help him communicate and learn more easily.

She said: “It will really connect him with the applications he uses at school.”

Thomas, who attends Gosberton House School, and his sister Charlotte received the cheque from the Round Table’s Matt Clark and Mark Luck.

They were watched by Lauren, who was delighted and very grateful for the generous donation.

And you could soon be in Lauren’s shoes – on the receiving end of a Smile cheque – if you have a project you need cash for.

It is ever so easy to apply.

Spalding and District Round Table has teamed up with the Spalding Guardian to allow readers to submit their application – and there are very few limits to who can apply.

Applicants can be individuals, a group, club, organisation or maybe even a school.

Projects can include anything from a new sports team kit to a day out – or even just money to decorate a room in your house.

To apply, send a letter including your name, address, beneficiary of the cash, amount requested and the reason for the request to Spalding Guardian Smile Fund, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB.