Over three hundred people took part in 'Walk for Autism' a staged a one-mile walk in Herrington Country Park on Friday 17th April. 

The event was organised to celebrate NEAS 35th anniversary and for families to join together to raise awareness of the condition.

John Phillipson, CEO for NEAS was presented with a £100 donation from student Lauren Stephens (aged 19) who participated in the walk. Lauren said; "I managed to raise £100 due to the sale of the NEAS awareness ribbons which made approximately a quarter of this total, whilst the remaining was raised from friends and family." 

Lauren Stephens presenting her sponorship money to CEO John Phillipson

The walk was interactive and at certain points along the route, children were given clues to try and find NEAS's mascot Pawsum the Panda who was on hand to greet all those who participated with certificates. 

Events Fundraiser, Sophie Clarke said; “Well done to everyone who participated in the event. We want to support families throughout our region by increasing the understanding of the condition and how with the right support people with autism can lead full, productive lives, contributing to community life. Walk for Autism is a chance to all join together, be positive and have fun whilst celebrating World Autism Awareness Month.”

It was lovely to see NEAS staff, service users, parents and carers, other autism groups and school participating in the walk. Money raised from the event will help fund our Family Development Services, which includes toddler groups, parent's workshops, family support group, adults social group and trampolining club.