Willow's Cafe present cheque to Autism NI
Pictured at the cheque presentation (L-R) Sean Magee The Willows Café Owner, Sarah-Jayne Cassells from Autism NI, Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.

The Willows Café in Warrenpoint held a charity night in December and raised £603.00 for Autism NI.

Musician’s Cathryn Craig, who has performed with many famous acts including ‘Righteous Brothers’, and Brian Willoughby, a former member of ‘The Strawbs’ entertained guests on the evening.

Pictured at the cheque presentation are Sean Magee, The Willows Café Owner; Sarah-Jayne Cassells from Autism NI; Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.


Autism is a lifelong disability which affects the social and communication centre of the brain. Autism affects the way an individual relates to people, situations and the immediate environment. Many inidividuals with Autism have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. They can experience hyper(over) and hypo(under) sensitivity to sight, smells, touch, tastes ad sounds.

The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is used because Autism varies from person to person. Around 25% of people with ASD will have an accompanying learning disability. Many individuals with ASD will have average or above average intelligence, they are likely to be diagnosed with ASD, high functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. Regardless of an individual’s level of functioning, all individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder will have problems in the areas of Social Communication, Social Skills and Social Imagination.

Autism NI

Autism NI works to provides life changing services for the 30,000 families affected by Autism throughout Northern Ireland. They support individuals with Autism and their families, and campaign to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society.

Visit the Autism NI website here for more information on Autism and Aspergers Syndrome