THE organisers of GlasGLOW have donated £15,000 to a Glasgow North charity supporting kids with complex needs, including autism.

itison has today announced the donation from its community engagement fund, The itison Pumpkin Fund, to help East Park charity, in Maryihill.

The money will go to create a much-needed new immersive Sensory Room, called The GLOW Room, at East Park, that will include an interactive bubble wall and GlasGLOW inspired star-lit ceiling.

The itison Pumpkin Fund was launched in 2019 and supports the local community by donating tickets to those in need, engaging schools and local children through its Pumpkin Patch display, and by funding local causes.

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Itison CEO Oli Norman said: “GlasGLOW only happens once a year, but we want the impact we have on the community to last the year round.

“We’ve been incredibly moved by East Park – we’ve given the kids tickets to come to GlasGLOW for the past couple of years and they’ve loved the show – now we’re proud to be able to bring some GlasGLOW magic to their new sensory room and hope it’ll provide a safe and calm space for them to relax and enjoy.”

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Catriona Campbell, head of education for East Park, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that we have received such generous support from itison.

“Thanks to their support, our multisensory room, currently looking quite tired after many years of heavy usage, is going to be completely refurbished this summer, ensuring that our children and young people will have access to a modern, autism-friendly range of sensory experiences within a custom-built space.

“This means that our learners will be able to self-regulate, accessing learning in the most appropriate way.

"The space allows children and young people to explore through their senses; to relax, play and socialise.

"The positive impact on quality of life will be significant and we can’t say thank you enough.”