HILLINGDON Autistic Care and Support (HACS), a brilliant local charity for families with children on the autism spectrum, has just moved to a fantastic new centre in Hayes, and I was delighted to attend their opening last week.
The charity is run by Toni Mullally and her team, and offers superb practical support, play schemes, conferences and more for anyone who has a child with autism and associated conditions - known as the autism spectrum.
Support is for the whole family, including specialist activities and help for the siblings.
I've known Toni and the team since I launched Sunshine and I really admire everything they do to help families in Hillingdon.
I had a tear in my eye hearing the real-life stories from families who have used HACS and couldn't have done without their support.
One little boy, Louie Blackman, talked about how HACS has helped him.
He's enjoyed taking part in play schemes and activities run by HACS, and, to say thank you, he organised a special sponsored bike ride with his stepsister.
He took great delight in handing over the money he had collected to Toni.
What an inspiring little boy, who, despite his complex needs, wanted to do something to give back to the charity that had helped him.
If you, or anyone you know, has a child who is on the autism spectrum please get them to call Toni and her team at HACS. You can find out more about them by visiting www.hacs.org.uk .
* I have managed to stay off the chocolate over Easter by keeping busy and getting out and about.
I took Alex to Chessington World of Adventures and enjoyed its fantastic new ride, called Kobra.
It's a spinning disc ride that takes you through the air on a 90m track travelling at 43mph. I screamed from the moment it got going until the minute it finished but actually really enjoyed it.
Kobra is in the brand new Asian-themed land that has opened this season at Chessington, and while I'm sad to see the old Beano Land gone, Wild Asia has lots on offer. They've kept the swings and bumper cars, added Kobra and a new Lorikeet Lagoon walk-through aviary, where you can hand-feed nectar to the birds.
The food in Wild Asia, for human beings that is, is really good, with freshly made stir fries.
We spent the night in the Holiday Inn at Chessington in one of their great family rooms - Alex was most impressed that the separate kids' area even has its own flat-screen TV.
One-night packages at the hotel start from £50 a person, and the best part is that you get into the park early to go on the rides before any queues start. There are 27 rides and attractions at Chessington, 1,000 animals and an impressive Sea Life centre, complete with jellyfish, sharks and stingrays.
I've also heard that Green's cake mixes is running a special on-pack promotion from April to September, giving free child entry with a full-price paying adult to Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland or Warwick Castle.
Well worth looking out for.
For more details visit www.chessington.com .