The Phones 4 U businessman says there is a desperate need for more research and resources to help families with children with autism as more and more people are being diagnosed
Caudwell – who built his £1.5billion fortune by establishing Phones 4 U – has pledged £9m towards the new building near Keele University in Staffordshire.
The rest of the cash will come from donations to the Caudwell Children’s Charity which he set up 17 years ago.
Caudwell said there was a desperate need for more research and resources to help families with children with autism.
He told the Sunday Mirror: “Right now there is a woeful lack of support for families affected by autism in the UK. The CICC Centre will meet growing demand from those currently being lost in the system and left to fend for themselves. People are being left with zero help and zero hope.
“The problem is growing. We suspect there are a third more people on the autism spectrum in the UK than official NHS statistics claim.
“Caudwell Children has seen a surge in demand for support from families – between 2010 and 2015 the number of children with autism we’ve helped has more than doubled.
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