The founder of Charity Today’s national charity awareness campaign #UKCharityWeek has given his backing to Anna Kennedy Online’s anti-bullying campaign ‘Give us a Break.’
Speaking earlier this week, Lee Rayment said: “Anna is an incredible lady, working hard to support people. I despise bullies, and I believe there is nearly always an underlining problem that causes people to bully.
“As Anna has often said, if it helps just one person who is being bullied to speak out, then it is all worthwhile.”
Autism Ambassador Anna Kennedy OBE reports that families contact her charity sharing the fact that children are being bullied in schools because of their autism, also within the community and increasingly online.
Parents also report that when their child is being bullied, and it is reported the case is either ignored or poorly handled. Nearly all parents believe their child’s progress is severely affected.
A lot of the bullying at school takes place in the playground, an area where it is often not supervised as well as the classroom. A playground is a place where social interaction takes place and because of their autism some children find this difficult and become a target.
One young man Macauley Elvin now 20 years old has experienced all of the above and turned to music to help him get through his ordeal.
Macauley went to full-time Nursery because mum Michelle was diagnosed with Epilepsy and ME and was very unwell. While at nursery they noticed problems with his speech and language and was referred to another specialist.
By the age of 4, he was diagnosed with Aspergers, Dyspraxia., Semantic, Pragmatic Disorder and severe Asthma.
Macauley found his infant school years difficult since other pupils in school used to run up to him and touch him then run off saying they had ‘caught’ special needs!
In Year 9 Macauley was moved to another group, however, sadly he didn’t enjoy it as much as he hoped because there were pupils in his class who disrupted class, bullied others and caused many problems for the teachers which made him feel anxious.
He then went to Suffolk New College to a specialised course for ‘statement pupils’ which was great. He passed his maths and English and achieved many certificates and passes in cookery, art, personal health and well-being, independent living, etc.
His 2nd college year was Level 1 Performing Arts which he loved and excelled in singing and performing. He played a lead role of ‘Riff Raff’ in Rocky Horror Show. Unfortunately, the written work got harder, and he struggled with it all.
However, after writing five original songs and recording in a studio, he decided to pursue the Music Technology side of his course. He is currently working in the studio and starting to pick up instruments to experiment with at college.
His singing has led to him and his family meeting lots of new people and making many new friends. He now enjoys performing and supporting charity events. Macauley has written a song with his mum called ‘Hollow’ and has been working alongside #UKCharityWeek patron Anna Kennedy OBE a leading autism campaigner to help her Autism charity to raise further awareness of her ‘Give us a Break’ Anti Bullying campaign.
Charthouse Music have supported Macauley with the music and the video production.
‘Hollow’ starts with the line ‘It used to be about trying to make you proud’ as in his hometown as people didn’t believe in him.
Macauley was one of the charities Autism’s Got Talent performers where for the last seven years’ children and adults from across the UK and overseas have showcased their talent on stage in Central London, North East, Essex and next year in Liverpool.
Many of the performers were bullied and like Macauley turned to the performing arts to help them get through their ordeal.
Anna Kennedy OBE Founder of Autism’s Got Talent told Charity Today News: “It is just unacceptable for any childhood to be spoilt by victimisation or bullying and us as a charity support taking a zero-tolerance approach towards all forms of bullying.
“Each day can be a battle for these children and their families. Their fight is simply for support.”
To download and purchase Macauleys single Hollow for 99p will be available in the next few days All funds from this song will go to AnnaKennedyonline a charity close to Macauley and his families heart.