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Prior's Court has had its inspiring short film named as finalist in the Charity Film Awards

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A short film about a charity that helps young people with autism has made the finalists list in its category at the Charity Film Awards.

The film was made for Prior’s Court in Hermitage, which provides education and residential care for young people with complex autism aged five to 25.

Titled ‘Our impact – Geoff and Shaun’s story’, the film focuses on Shaun, 22, a resident at Prior’s Court, and how his and his family’s lives have been transformed with help from the charity.

Behind the scenes when filming at Prior's Court
Behind the scenes when filming at Prior's Court

Prior’s Court director of marketing and workforce planning Nicola Beckley said: “We are delighted to make the final of the Charity Film Awards alongside some really big name charitable organisations and their own inspiring films.

“This film was made to showcase just what Prior’s Court is about – transforming the lives of young people with complex autism like Shaun, but also the positive impact made on their families.”

The film shows Shaun’s father Geoff talking about how having a son with complex autism impacted him and his family.

The severity of Shaun’s condition led Geoff and his family to make the difficult decision to send Shaun to live at Prior’s Court, more than 80 miles away from their home in Dorset, to ensure he received the best support available.

Geoff explains how Prior’s Court has changed Shaun and his family’s lives for the better, ultimately allowing them to become more of a family.

The film also sees Geoff reflect on the wonderful work Prior’s Court has done with his son and how much Shaun has changed since he first arrived at the educational and residential centre.

‘Our impact – Geoff and Shaun’s story’ has been named as a finalist in the £20m to £50m turnover category in the fifth Charity Film Awards, with the winners set to be announced in March at a ceremony in London.

The film was produced by Newbury-based video production, editing and photography company ECP Video.

There is still time to cast your vote for ‘Our impact – Geoff and Shaun’s story’ before the Charity Film Award winners are announced next month.

To do so, visit this website https://smileymovement.org/organisations/priors-court-foundation

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