Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding and influence policy. We exist to enable children with autism to learn, thrive and achieve. Through TreeHouse School we provide specialist education. Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.

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Simon Mottram

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My son, Oscar, has autism and has been helped enormously by his school, TreeHouse, which is run by the charity Ambitious About Autism.

In September my company, Rapha, will recreate one of cycling’s ‘lost classics’, Bordeaux-Paris, to raise £250,000 for Ambitious about Autism.

Along with my Board of Directors at Rapha, I am riding Bordeaux-Paris. Please sponsor me.

Bordeaux-Paris was last staged in 1988. Dubbed the ‘Derby of the Road’, the race traditionally started at 2am, making the 600km course all the more gruelling as riders had to ride through the night. This year marks two anniversaries in the history of the race; it is 25 years since the race was last run and, 50 years since the legendary Tom Simpson became the last Briton to win the race, finishing in 14 hours.

Rapha’s Bordeaux-Paris Challenge has been designed as a team relay. 25 teams of four riders will have 24 hours to complete the distance. The event will be run over the famous 600km Bordeaux-Paris route and, crucially, will be ridden through the night.

Oscar is 1 of around 100,000 children who have autism in the UK. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects the way a person communicates and how they experience the world around them. 

1 in 5 children with autism are excluded from school, 40% are bullied. Less than 1 in 4 young people with autism go on to further education and 85% of adults with autism are not in full time employment. Families with autism often do not get the right support putting them under immense strain. It has been estimated that the divorce rate of parents of children with autism is 60% higher than average.

Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may face additional challenges, including learning disabilities, which affect them so profoundly that they need support in many areas.

Early intervention, education and support are critical in enabling children and young people with autism to lead fulfilling lives. Ambitious about Autism aims to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism 

£25 could fund one hour of outreach to support children with autism in mainstream early education settings, helping to reduce the 40% of children who are bullied and 27% who currently will face exclusion at least once.

£75 could fund one day of advocacy for a young person, to help them transition to adulthood and give them a voice to influence the provision of further education, health, social care and housing.

£100 could pay for a family to attend a day’s resilience training, helping families to deal with challenging behaviour and stay together. 

£150 could fund the assessment of a child under the age of 5 with complex needs, enabling them to get the right support as soon as possible. Early intervention can make a real difference to a child’s language and social skills, giving them the best start and avoiding any lost years.

Please dig deep to help me support Ambitious about Autism who have helped Oscar, and my family enormously over the years.

Thank you,


Recent donors

02.12.13 Sooo late but hopefully better than never... Well done to you... amazing. Kate x

15.10.13 Nice work simon!

29.09.13 VCRC Member Donations

26.09.13 Epic achievement Simon & well done to everyone that participated.

23.09.13 Fine work sir

20.09.13 better late than never - the funds I mean ! Well done I assume you completed the trip and had masses of fun.

17.09.13 Chapeau

17.09.13 Very best wishes and success for all your efforts.

16.09.13 Congrats on completing the ride, amazing achievement. Best, Paddy

15.09.13 Huge achievement, congratulations to all involved.

12.09.13 Wishing you all God's speed, safe roads and a strong South Westerly wind.


11.09.13 Good Luck!

11.09.13 Great event, even greater cause. Good luck

11.09.13 Best of luck to Simon, Carrick and the team!

10.09.13 all the best Simon Cathal

06.09.13 Bonne chance et bonne route

04.09.13 Good luck Simon. Hope all well. Katherine

04.09.13 Good luck, and thanks for the Gateau Basque card!

01.09.13 I wish I could have been with you... next time ! Have a great ride

31.08.13 Best of luck for the ride and your fundraising! Awesome..

29.08.13 Buena suerte !

26.08.13 Good luck and thanks for your personal time responding to my mail

22.08.13 Simon - great to see this amazing challenge come to life - well done! Hugh

16.08.13 Onya, Simon.


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Kate Waddell
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