Nomination Lynne Thornton Address : Willowdene,The Green,Little Broughton, Cockermouth, Postcode : CA13 0YG1 Telephone : +44 745 891807 Email : l.thornton@cumbriaacademyforautism.org.uk Nominated By: Full Name : Linda Guy Telephone : +44 0773532 1919 Email : lguy045@gmail.com IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : I first met Lynne in a professional capacity when she and her husband attended an Earlybird course for parents of pre school children newly diagnosed with autism which I was presenting. I was a specialist teacher for Autism.We had contact until her son began full time education. Years went by and five years ago she contacted me about her bid to open a free school for children with autism and would I be interested in supporting .I have been involved in the project ( together with a group of others) since then. YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : On.the 2nd of September 2019 we were given the keys to a brand new Cumbria Academy for Autism. Going back 5 yeaars, Lynne was concerned that she coould not find an appropriate setting for her son as he transitioned from Primary to Secondary education. She made the decision to open a school that would meet the needs of children with autism so that they could grow and reach their full potential and take their place in society. Lynne set about gathering like minded peop.e to help.Lynne is tenacious, the first bid to the Department for Education was refused. Undaunted Lynne and Gill Hartley re wrote the bid and went back to present it.Lynne says it was like being in the TV show Dragos Den only 100 times worse. ! The second bid was successful and we were given the go ahead. The next task was to find a site.To cut a five year story short Lynne led the team with determination, humour, dedication,never losing sight of the vision. The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Cumbria has a state of the art Academy for Autism. (4-19 years) with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff. This will make a huge difference not only for the pupils but for their families and the community in West Cumbria. None of this would have been possible without Lynne Thornton. She has spent five years on the project as well as raising both her children who are on the autism spectrum (neither will be attending the Academy). She is also very involved with ICAAN a group who organise social outings for children with autism.I have so much admiration for her ,and her determination to improve the lives of children with autism in Cumbria. She had opened a school against all odds. Not only does she deserve to be invited to the Cumbria Women of the year Lunch in my humble opinion she deserves a Damehood !

Nomination

Lynne Thornton
Address : Willowdene,The Green,Little Broughton, Cockermouth,
Postcode : CA13 0YG1
Telephone : +44 745 891807
Email : l.thornton@cumbriaacademyforautism.org.uk

Nominated By:
Full Name : Linda Guy
Telephone : +44 0773532 1919
Email : lguy045@gmail.com

IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : I first met Lynne in a professional capacity when she and her husband attended an Earlybird course for parents of pre school children newly diagnosed with autism which I was presenting. I was a specialist teacher for Autism.We had contact until her son began full time education. Years went by and five years ago she contacted me about her bid to open a free school for children with autism and would I be interested in supporting .I have been involved in the project ( together with a group of others) since then.

YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : On.the 2nd of September 2019 we were given the keys to a brand new Cumbria Academy for Autism. Going back 5 yeaars, Lynne was concerned that she coould not find an appropriate setting for her son as he transitioned from Primary to Secondary education. She made the decision to open a school that would meet the needs of children with autism so that they could grow and reach their full potential and take their place in society. Lynne set about gathering like minded peop.e to help.Lynne is tenacious, the first bid to the Department for Education was refused. Undaunted Lynne and Gill Hartley re wrote the bid and went back to present it.Lynne says it was like being in the TV show Dragos Den only 100 times worse. !
The second bid was successful and we were given the go ahead. The next task was to find a site.To cut a five year story short Lynne led the team with determination, humour, dedication,never losing sight of the vision.

The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Cumbria has a state of the art Academy for Autism. (4-19 years) with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff. This will make a huge difference not only for the pupils but for their families and the community in West Cumbria. None of this would have been possible without Lynne Thornton. She has spent five years on the project as well as raising both her children who are on the autism spectrum (neither will be attending the Academy). She is also very involved with ICAAN a group who organise social outings for children with autism.I have so much admiration for her ,and her determination to improve the lives of children with autism in Cumbria.
She had opened a school against all odds. Not only does she deserve to be invited to the Cumbria Women of the year Lunch in my humble opinion she deserves a Damehood !