A centre in Co Donegal, which provides services for children with autism and their families, has been given a one-off grant of €35,000 by the Health Service Executive after parents highlighted its precarious financial situation.

In June, parents behind Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education, known as iCare, said the unique centre was in danger of closing because of lack of funds.

Set up 18 years ago, iCare has seen demand for its services grow but has had to survive on fundraising and small grants.

It costs about €100,000 a year to run the service and with the organisation down to its last few thousand euro, parents appealed for proper funding for the centre which provides after school and summer courses, training and information for over 100 families in the Inishowen area.

This summer, courses were cut and the centre's manager had to be let go because there was no money left to pay him.

The HSE grant to ease iCare's funding difficulties will keep the centre going to the end of November, according to Angela Tourish of iCare.

She thanked the HSE for acknowledging the valuable work the centre does and said that hopefully this will be the start of something more permanent in terms of funding.