Walk for Autism raises funds and awareness

Walk for Autism with staff and service users of Autism Initiatives
Walk for Autism with staff and service users of Autism Initiatives
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More than 60 people took on a challenge to walk 10,000 steps to raise awareness of autism.

The walkers gathered at the Solaris Centre in South Shore and walked to North Pier and back as part of an event organised by Autism Initiatives to celebrate World Autism Week.

Service users, staff and families walked 10,000 steps to raise £1,000.

The event was part of a larger national project which challenged people to walk 10,000 steps a day for eight days.

Speaking about the Blackpool event, Natasha Carney, senior support worker for Autism Initiatives, said: “On the day we had over 60 people attend but this was just one day of an eight-day fund-raiser, Walk for Autism.

“We started this project to raise awareness about autism in celebration of World Autism Week.

“We support people across the whole autistic spectrum and a little more understanding about autism would make their worlds so much easier.

“The whole project raised nearly £25,000 with over £1,000 of that done by our Blackpool teams.”

One walker, Lorna Docherty, said: ‘My son has severe non verbal autism.

“Even though I have chronic health issues, which means walking 10,000 steps is major for me, this is something I wanted to do to boost autism awareness.”