The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity for people affected by Autism. Over half a million people in the UK have autism. Together with their families they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. Despite this, autism is still relatively unknown and misunderstood. Which means that many of these two million people get nothing like the level of help, support and understanding they need. Together, we are going to change this.
06 October 2013
ur award-winning half marathon event was created in 2008 as an annual fundraising initiative to raise sustainable funds to support London’s eight Royal Parks, as well as an opportunity for charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event. Over the last four years, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon has raised an estimated £11m for vital causes around the UK. That’s 365 different partner charities, including the Royal Parks Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Mind, Tommy’s and UNICEF. The 13.1 mile scenic route winds through four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and The Green Park) in all their autumnal splendour. Runners also have the opportunity to take in magnificent views of the capital city and some of its historic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall. In 2011, 12,500 runners came from across the UK and 30 countries around the world to race through the streets of London with 40,000 spectators and supporters cheering on the participants. To top it off, in September last year our beautiful city race was chosen as the winner in the Best Outdoor Event category following its significant growth since its launch in 2008. Building on the success of previous years, the 2010 event featured a number of additions that appealed to new demographics while satisfying existing ones. These included the international challenge, which involved the charity working with a number of tourism partners to invite entrants worldwide to take part in the event; a TV documentary for Channel 4; and regular training runs and workshops for participants. Race day also features Pulse3K, a race to encourage 11-16 year olds to get for their sport outdoors, as well as a scrumptious Food & Fitness Festival for your friends and family enjoy.
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Sophie Walker's fundraising page
Hello and thank you for visiting my page.
I am running the Royal Parks half-marathon for the third time this year, in honour of my elder daughter. Grace has tawny eyes and a freckle on her thumb, and she also has Asperger syndrome.
Grace and I spent years struggling to get a diagnosis and fighting for support. We came across great kindness but were more often shocked by how little people know and understand about autism and Asperger syndrome. Every day my beautiful, brave girl takes on a world whose rules she often finds hard to understand. Every day she offers friendship and joy. Too often she encounters instead bullying and intolerance.
Running the Royal Parks is a way to raise awareness and funds so that Grace and children like her can blossom. I am running for the National Autistic Society to tell Grace’s story and to tell Grace I will not let her down. I am taking on a hard physical challenge, inspired by Grace's grit.
I appreciate that this is a terribly difficult climate in which to ask for funds. Every pound you can spare will make a difference. Every pound you can spare will help stamp out indifference.
Scott Barber £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
21.05.13 Good luck, run fast!
johntleeds £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
16.05.13 Best of luck with the run and the fundraising. Even more, I hope you open some eyes and make people think.
Anonymous £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
16.05.13 Thank you for all the information and insight you have given to me and many, many others. You have a very special family.