A BASINGSTOKE charity which supports families, children and young people with autism, is set to receive a funding boost from a house-building firm.

Charles Church Southern, and its sister brand Persimmon, has selected the National Autistic Society Basingstoke branch as its nominated charity for 2013.

Throughout the year, the companies will raise money for the national charity by organising various activities.

The National Autistic Society Basingstoke provides people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and their families and carers, with a local hub where they can gain help, information and support, and meet people in similar situations.

Samantha Clark, branch officer, said: “The company’s efforts will help us to generate awareness of the condition and provide advice and fun days out for individuals and families touched by autism.

“Any funds raised by Charles Church and Persimmon will be applied at local level, providing opportunities for families from Basingstoke to take part in activities that they would otherwise be unable to participate in.

“This year, we are planning three outdoor pursuit weekends and are hoping to launch a weekly play scheme for children under five affected by autism, as there is a shortage of activities for young children in this area.”

Tracey Lee, sales director at Charles Church Southern, which is building 780 homes at Merton Rise, in Basingstoke, said: “The National Autistic Society in Basingstoke is an inspirational and deserving cause.

“With a team of only six volunteers working endlessly to help local people with autism and their families in the area, we hope to build our relationship with the organisation and show our support for the crucial work they do.”