A mum who loves Halloween has created a spook-tacular garden trail for local children to raise cash for a charity close to her heart.

Michelle Wilkinson, from Nunthorpe, is raising money for MAIN, a charity which supports children and adults with a range of disabilities, but started life as a service for children with autism.

Michelle's son, Oscar, 10, attends the youth club at MAIN.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Halloween trail for autistic charity

She said: "I do love Halloween, and any kind of party - I always go way extra!  "My stepson's birthday is on Halloween, he’s now 25 so I've been collecting Halloween decorations for a very long time.

"During Covid I did the donations for the Middlesbrough food bank, and this year Oscar said he’d like donations to go to MAIN, as he goes to the youth club and he loves it.

"I'm raising money towards a sensory garden for the children."

Darlington and Stockton Times: Halloween trail for autistic charity

MAIN was established in 2002 to provide an after-school club in Middlesbrough for children with autism, and now provides services for children and adults with a range of disabilities throughout the whole of the North East.

She added: "On November 1, Halloween decorations come down and it’s hello Christmas in the Wilkinson household! My husband thinks I’m mad, but he just goes along with it!"

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Michelle has gone all out with a Halloween walk through of her front garden, with sweets provided for children.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Halloween trail for autistic charity

The trail is at 10 Wyke Lane, Nunthorpe, TS7 0GG, starting at 6pm to 8pm on Saturday, October 28, to Tuesday, October 31.

Any donations can be made through a GoFundMe page, or cash can be donated on the night with the envelopes provided and put through the letter box.

Donate here: https://gofund.me/9725723a

More information about MAIN