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Nov 17 2010

by Kat Baldwyn, Birmingham Mail 

GRAEME Croton is celebrating after beating the bullies and winning the Midland award for providing vital support for other Asperger’s Syndrome sufferers.

The 25-year-old, from Erdington, was bullied at school and at work and was only diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome this year after a long battle and endless medical tests.

He also has dyslexia.

And Graeme was determined not to be beaten by his condition and set up a website to offer help and support to others like him.

Now he has been named the regional winner in the Triumph category of the vinspired national awards which recognise the work of young volunteers across England aged 16 to 25.

Graeme updates his website almost every day, giving support and sign-posting people to various organisations that can help them.

He said: “I want to set an example to others who have Asperger’s that things can be accomplished against the odds through sheer belief, hope, persistence and above all hard work.

“I want to put my home city of Birmingham on the map.”

A shortlist of the regional vinspired winners is now being drawn up to go forward for the national finals in January 2011, with the national award winners being revealed at a ceremony in March 2011.

Terry Ryall, vinspired chief executive

officer, said: “Graeme is a complete inspiration. As a regional winner in the Triumph category you need to demonstrate ability to problem solve and to come up with new ideas and solutions through the volunteering you have done.

“All of the winners in this category have overcome personal barriers to help communities. Graeme has done all this and more and should be immensely proud.”

Source:  http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/11/17/award-for-inspirational-erdington-volunteer-97319-27667296/



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