Father and daughter united in efforts to raise funds for the National Autistic Society

London Marathon runner Lee Quinn, of Old Dalby, with his wife, Holly, and their daughters Francesca and Lois EMN-160321-101615001
London Marathon runner Lee Quinn, of Old Dalby, with his wife, Holly, and their daughters Francesca and Lois EMN-160321-101615001
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Raising vital awareness and funds for the National Autistic Society is very much a family affair for the Quinns.

Seven-year-old Lois, who goes to Old Dalby Primary School, has already raised £250 for the charity after she recently organised a raffle at her school, with lots of children’s prizes on offer, and also held a cake and sweet sale.

Old Dalby Primary School pupil Lois Quinn (7) organised a raffle at her school to raise funds for the National Autistic Society EMN-160319-114623001

Old Dalby Primary School pupil Lois Quinn (7) organised a raffle at her school to raise funds for the National Autistic Society EMN-160319-114623001

Meanwhile her dad, Lee, is preparing to run next month’s London Marathon in aid of the society.

It’s a cause very close to their hearts as Lee’s other daughter and Lois’ younger sister, Francesca (3), has autism meaning she struggles with communication and social interaction on a daily basis.

Proud mum, Holly, said: “Lois said she wanted to do something to help all children with autism. She thought of and organised the events by herself and we had lots of parents and family members who donated cakes and prizes.”

Lee added: “Having a child with autism can be very difficult but having a charity like the National Autistic Society helps provide support to families such as my own.

“Having previously donating a large amount of money to various charities, I decided to commit six months of my life to train for the London Marathon for this cause.

“I hope to finish in under three hours and 45 minutes which has meant making lots of sacrifices and lots of lonely cold winter runs!

“I hope people can dig deep and support this very valuable charity as it means a great deal to us.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Lee can donate via his fundraising page at https://nas-london-marathon-2016.everydayhero.com/uk/lee-1