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Solicitors fund day trip

TWENTY autistic children from Derbyshire had a dream time when they visited a chocolate museum and factory with help from a local firm of solicitors.

Ripley-based Derbyshire Autism Services Group, which helps 150 children and adults with autism and other disabilities, arranged the trip to Cadbury World, at Bournville, Birmingham.

The £300 cost of the coach that took the youngsters - mainly from Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover - and their carers was paid for by Ellis-Fermor and Negus. The group is the legal firm's chosen charity for the year.

Gail Ross, senior administration officer of the charity, said: “It was a brilliant day. All the children had a fantastic time.

“We are only a small charity which survives on donations and grants.

“We are very grateful for the financial help from Ellis-Fermor and Negus in paying for the coach to make this day out for the youngsters possible.”

Duncan Lyon, a director of Ellis-Fermor and Negus, based at its Ripley office, said: “The company is pleased to be able to support this local deserving charity helping those less fortunate than others. We are delighted that the youngsters had such an enjoyable day out.”