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Olive recognised for her work with autism charity

INSPIRATIONAL Killyclogher woman Olive Breslin proved her unwavering dedication and commitment to the National Autistic Society (NAS) when she ran the charity from her hospital bed following a foot injury.

Last May the NAS Western Branch chairperson ruptured her Achilles tendon and had to undergo surgery which left her bed bound in hospital for two weeks.

The injury occurred at a very inconvenient time as it was fast approaching the summer holidays when trips were to be scheduled and organised.

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But there was no way this injury was going to derail the NAS plans!

“I had my phone and laptop with me in Altnagelvin Hospital, and I pretty much ran NAS from there. I signed cheques and letters from my bed, ” laughed Olive.

“I couldn’t just leave the kids without summer trips, and when you’ve a phone and laptop you can really do anything.”

NAS Omagh raises awareness of autism, and provides services including family support groups, social and therapeutic activities for parents and carers.

Having worked for the local branch for the last ten years, Olive is always ready to go that extra mile for those around her, and her support has been described as “second to none”.

“You only have to speak to anyone involved with Olive’s group – adults or children – to discover the high regard in which we hold her,” said Sheila Allen, a member of NAS Omagh.

A true inspiration to those around her, the Killyclogher woman attended the glamorous Families First Awards ceremony last Saturday where she picked up the ‘Inspirational Woman’ award for her commitment to the charity.

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Speaking about her win Olive said, “It’s lovely when people think so much of you to nominate you.”

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