Sunderland to host walk for World Autism Awareness Month

The North East Autism Society will be hosting a walk to raise awareness for the disorder as they celebrate World Autism Awareness Month.

The one-mile walk will take place at Herrington Country Park on April 21 at 10am.

Charlotte Gordon, from Gateshead, and her 6-year-old son, will both be participating in the walk. She said: “James has been diagnosed for just under a year now, but before that it was so difficult not knowing why my little boy was so upset and angry all of the time. Now he is diagnosed and is getting the right care, we’re moving onwards and upwards.

“We’re taking part in the walk not only to raise awareness for autism, but to make sure James knows there is nothing to be embarrassed about and we should all accept those who have been diagnosed with autism just like we would anyone else.”

The event is open for anyone to participate costing just £5 for adults, with children aged 15 and under attending for free.

There will be fun activities taking place throughout the day including live music and an Easter egg hunt.

Sophie Clarke, events fundraiser at North East Autism Society, has said: “There are around 700,000 people on the Autism Spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100 people. The awareness of Autism has come a long way over the past few years, from different research studies to well-known events and campaigns that educate our society and support the Autism community.”

“We want to firstly raise further awareness of autism and celebrate that is it awareness month. It is a great event to bring people together that are in the same boat as other families and an event that is autism friendly. We want people to enjoy the walk and the activities we have in store for them.” Ms Clarke added.

Anyone who is unable to attend the event and would like to make a donation, can do so by visiting www.ne-as.org.uk/Appeal/i-want-to-donate or they can ring up and donate over the phone on 0191 410 9974.

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