100-mile ride to raise cash for autism

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A Pevensey couple cycled a gruelling 100 miles at the weekend to raise money for the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Trudy Hillman and Will Dando from Pevensey in East Sussex will competed against around 20,000 cyclists to finish the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday (August 4).

Trudy has supported children with autism throughout her 20 years working in education and hopes her fundraising will get people talking about the often misunderstood disability. She currently supports the health and wellbeing of children and young people at Bexhill High school, which was recently awarded autism accreditation by the NAS.

Trudy said, “Despite growing awareness of autism, there are still so many damaging myths surrounding the condition.

“It’s astounding that some people in the 21st century still believe that everyone with autism is a genius or that only children have the condition.

“Every child that I’ve met with autism experienced difficulties around communication but was unique and had different needs – some required specialist support whilst others were relatively independent.

“If our challenge gets just a few more people talking about autism, all the months of training will have been worth it.”

More than 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism, which affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, as well as how they make sense of the world.

Dave Boorman, head of supporter fundraising at the NAS, who also took part in the event, said “It’s always humbling to see the determination and hard work that NAS supporters like Trudy and Will put into creating a better world for people with autism.”

It is not too late to sponsor Trudy and Will by visiting Just Giving www.justgiving.com/Trudy-and-Will to donate directly to NAS.