A NATIONAL autism charity has praised a town centre pub for its 'extremely valuable' fundraising 'in challenging financial times'.

The Lower Angel pub, on Buttermarket Street, has raised around £500 for Autism Initiatives since the end of November.

Autism Initiatives launched in the 1970s when Pat Minshull was concerned about the lack of support for her son, Peter.

Through her efforts, along with crucial work from others, it is now a national charity operating a range of specialist services including resource centres, schools, supported living accommodation and outreach in the community.

Ingot House Community Resource Centre in Birchwood was opened in June 2012.

It supports people to access a variety of leisure activities, develop daily living skills and works in partnership with people to help them become as independent as possible.

John Gordon, from Autism Initiatives, praised pub landlord Andrew Wharfe for his support.

He said: "Fundraising initiatives like this are extremely valuable to us in these challenging financial times so we thank the staff and customers of The Lower Angel Pub enormously for their efforts and look forward to hearing how they get on."

To get involved with fundraising for the charity call Ed Green on 0151 330 9500.