Dad to sleep rough to raise cash
A DEVOTED dad is preparing to sleep on the streets of London to support a cause close to his heart.
Thomas Nasmyth-Shaw, originally from Burry Port, will take on the gruelling and dangerous challenge armed with nothing but a sleeping bag for a week in December.
The 29-year-old is raising funds for families whose children are in the process of being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
He decided to support the cause after his four-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with autism last month.
Tom said NHS waiting times can be lengthy, and he and his wife Kelly believe that private early intervention therapies are imperative to a child's future development.
The dad-of-one said: "All the funds we have raised will go to families in the area to help them receive early intervention treatments surrounding autism.
"Getting in early is vital.
"We want to give local families enough money so that they can access these private treatments.
"I also appreciate that not all families are able to afford such expensive therapies. There are daily struggles living with autism and I do not want money to be one of them."
Tom, who hopes to raise around £4,000 will be sleeping rough a few nights over the next couple of months to prepare for the challenge.
He is aiming to begin his fundraising feat in the capital on December 2, as he wants his challenge to be "as extreme" as possible".
He added: "I wanted to do something more extreme than the normal things you hear of.
"I wanted to do something people will remember and talk about.
"I will be sleeping there from Monday to Saturday, just me and my sleeping bag.
"It is going to be a mentally difficult challenge, but everything is in place."
Following his week-long task, Tom will donate all the equipment he uses, such as sleeping bags and knitted items to homeless charities in London.
He feels that the challenge is worthwhile as early intervention therapy has made such a difference to his family.
He added: "It is worthwhile for the difference this has made to my son.
"Not all families are in a position to pay for private therapies.
"We are glad to be able to raise money to help out families.
"I would also like to thank my wife as she is the backbone of this family and without her I couldn't have done any of this."
To support Tom in his fundraising challenge visit www.justgiving.com/local/ project/alone-in-london or email Tomemail@example.com.