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The Entertainer partners with National Autistic Society

Published on: 1st April 2019

The toy retailer is again supporting World Autism Awareness Week this April. 

The Entertainer is partnering with the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, to support World Autism Awareness Week which takes place 1st-7th April.

During the week, The Entertainer’s Quiet Hour will run each morning for the first hour of opening in all 163 of its stores across the UK. Music will be switched off and noisy product demonstrations removed, to help create a calmer, less daunting environment for children with autism. A new sensory table featuring a variety of Ready Steady Dough lines will also be introduced to stores, so kids can play, build and create during Quiet Hour.

On Saturday 6th April, The Entertainer will be hosting The Big Create, an engaging colouring-in and dough-creating session taking place in all stores between 12-4pm. Families are encouraged to share their creations on social media using #TheBigCreate. 10% of all profits of Ready Steady Dough lines sold both in-store and online at TheToyShop.com during World Autism Awareness Week will be donated to the NAS.

Gary Grant, founder and executive chairman of The Entertainer, commented: “We always strive to make our stores a happy place for people to visit, and are continually exploring new ways in which we can make The Entertainer a more comfortable place for autistic children. We hope families enjoy visiting their local store during World Autism Awareness Week and we look forward to seeing the creative masterpieces children make during The Big Create.”

Tom Purser, head of campaigns and public engagement at the National Autistic Society, added: “We are delighted that The Entertainer is putting the needs of its autistic customers first by hosting quiet hours in all 163 of its stores during World Autism Awareness Week and working towards achieving our Autism Friendly Award. We need more companies to follow The Entertainer’s fantastic example and make their businesses welcoming to autistic people and their families. If more retailers made these changes, then we would be a little closer to making a world that works for autistic people.”

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