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Clacton Pier turning blue to help six year old raise funds for an assistance dog

Six year old Beau Bell from Clacton-on-Sea was diagnosed with autism in January this year. He suffers with sensory overload, finds social situations hard and is easily overwhelmed.


Mum Sable Shaw, 27, is raising funds for an autism assistance dog from local charity Supporting Paws for Beau. Sable and her supporters have already raised over £3,000 and hope to raise a total of £8,500 to cover the dog’s training.


On May 29, Beau, Sable and around 10 friends and family will be walking the 3 kilometres from Clacton Pier to Walton Pier as part of the Marvel Superhero Series Find your Power Challenge. The staff at Clacton Pier have agreed to light the pier up in blue for the evening to show their support of the challenge.


The Find your Power Challenge is a countrywide disability sports event which encourages people to set their own challenges – from 100 metres to 1,000 km or more – and complete them however they want, when they want, between May 29 and June 5. The event is usually a mass participation event taking place at Dorney Lake in Windsor, one of the main sites featured in the 2012 London Olympics. However, it is continuing its ‘At Home’ theme for a second year, due to the pandemic.


The family are supported by children’s charity Tree of Hope who are also a named charity partner of the Marvel Superhero Series for a third year running, helps families fundraise for children like Beau with healthcare needs and provides charity status to benefit from gift aid, corporate support whilst also providing donor reassurance.


Mum Sable, who also has a x year old daughter Talis said: ‘We visited a Supporting Paws dog and it was amazing to see Beau with him – he was so much calmer and happier.’


‘Beau gets anxious very easily, whether he’s at home, going to school or we’re going out. I think a dog would really help him to feel calmer and increase his confidence. At home he doesn’t like going to the loo or upstairs on his own – a dog would be brilliant company for him.’


Tree of Hope CEO Gill Gibb said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Beau and his family in their fundraising and wish them all the best in their continued fundraising.’


To donate to Beau’s fund, visit


For more information about Supporting Paws, visit


For more information, images or to arrange interviews please contact Catherine Cooper on 00 33 5 61 69 57 89, 00 33 6 09 03 55 88 or


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