Melanie whips up ice creams for autism

PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 September 2013

Supporting Mel Sykes were Micky Mouse and the Show Bears.

Supporting Mel Sykes were Micky Mouse and the Show Bears.

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A TELEVISION presenter sold ice creams on the Grand Pier at the weekend to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

Supporting Mel Sykes were the Great Western Chorus singers.Supporting Mel Sykes were the Great Western Chorus singers.

Melanie Sykes visited Weston to raise money for families affected by autism. The cash raised will help pay for people with the condition to undergo intensive therapy at the International Pre-Autistic Network (IPAN) clinic in London.

Melanie and her friend Vikki Flynn are travelling the length of the country to raise funds and awareness of the condition as their sons have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

Weston was the eighth stop on their journey, and Joshua Parker from Worle, who has autism, enjoyed an ice cream served by the TV star.

Supporting Melanie was Weston’s record-breaking child DJ Jack Hill, who stepped in at the last minute to provide his PA system.

Joshua Parker, who has autism and his mum Kim from Worle buying an icecream from Mel.Joshua Parker, who has autism and his mum Kim from Worle buying an icecream from Mel.

He played songs in between performances by Britain’s Got Talent’s Show Bears.

Visitors were also treated to performances by the Great Western Chorus and workshops from Fizz Pop Science.

n Photos by Mark Atherton.

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