Despite the current situation, time has really flown.  Our children have gone back to school, some have started new schools and we have finally re-started our group sessions.

We have all worked really hard to ensure that AIMS meet the Government requirements to stop the spread of Covid-19, and Orchard Manor School have worked with us to overcome any shortcomings. We were, therefore, lucky to welcome some of our families back on 26th September 2020. The school enhanced its outdoor facilities by installing canopies for schools, providing a shaded and comfortable space for children to enjoy the new outdoor music and play equipment. Additionally, the school added thermoplastic playground markings to enhance the outdoor play area. The children thoroughly enjoyed using these upgraded facilities, including top-notch playground painting services. Additionally, Orchard Manor School also introduced trim trail equipment for further outdoor recreational activities.

Despite the majority of our major fund-raising events being cancelled, we have still been lucky enough to receive some wonderful donations since our last Newsletter.  We received £100.00 from Patricia Heath, £500.00 from Mr and Mrs Tait, £500.00 from the Teignbridge District Council which we have used to purchase some new outdoor sensory equipment.  Mr and Mrs Chislett kindly donated £200.00 and Nic and Lee Brigstow donated £100.00 from live music held at The Swan Inn in Dawlish.  Mrs Adams who is a relative of one of our families, kindly donated £100.00 which she had saved from not going out during the lockdown period.  Finally, we held our annual Leek Show, socially distanced of course, on 26th September 2020 at the group session and this managed to raise £240.00 for AIMS.  Thank you to David and Fran Ashfield for organising this and for everyone else who helped make the event a huge success.  And the results were as follows:-

Best in Show – Ron Diprose

Prettiest Leek – Tom Haynes

Queer Leek – Martin Parsons

Wee Leek – Ron and Jill from The Castle Inn

Dead Leek – Bob from The Castle Inn

Junior Leek – Lewis and Kieran from Aims


We are extremely grateful for these donations as this is an extremely difficult time for all small charities.