REAL NEWS ALERT – We just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to and shared our fundraising appeal for The Megacentre Rayleigh after a local autistic boy who attends the centre was viciously attacked by four ‘friends’ – it has raised more than £800 in twelve hours.

Please carry on sharing the appeal page on TotalGiving here.

Jack Palmer (13) accompanied four boys who at first asked him if he wanted to go out and play, but they led him to a local common, dismantled his scooter with an Allen key and then used the pieces to hit him while calling him ‘the local retard.’

Thankfully he had the courage to run away before things escalated any further, but he was also warned not to tell anyone about the incident or the violence would ‘continue at school’ – naturally the police have now been informed.

We spoke to Jack’s father Robert shortly before he took part in an interview with BBC Essex about the ordeal as we wanted to try and make some good come out of this somehow while also raising awareness, and he mentioned that Jack attends The Megacentre Rayleigh which is a charitable organisation that organises events and activities for children in the area with special educational needs.

You can find out more about what they do here.

We have also heard from the CEO of The Megacentre Rayleigh Jamie Sawtell – he has confirmed that any money raised will be ringfenced for the kind of sessions that Jack and other children attend.

The Gift Aid element is incredibly useful as well and there is no added cost when making the donation.

Once again, please carry on sharing the appeal here – thank you!