Loose Women presenter joins Romford shopping centre to launch sensory experience for shoppers with Autism

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Oct 2018

Linda Robson visited Mercury Mall, Romford's shopping centre on Sunday, October 7, to help launch Autism Hour – a National Autistic Society campaign for shops to lower music, noise and lights for an hour every day, to provide a more agreeable shopping environment for people with Autism.

The centre already holds Sensory Tuesdays where all music is turned off, hand driers replaced with paper towels and stores requested to either turn their in-store music off or have it at a very low level. Linda has a personal connection to the cause, as her great nephew has Autism.

The ITV chat show host was joined by centre manager, Spencer Hawken, who said: “We like to think of Mercury Mall as being at the heart of the community and hope our Sensory Tuesdays and our support of the needs of people who suffer from Autism by hosting this Autism Hour goes some way to satisfying their needs. ” Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK.

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