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[p](Please note - as we’ve exceeded the original target, I’m now planning to extend the offer of Lost Words books to secondary schools through Cumbria Libraries as well as local health services and much more. Festival events planned this autumn too! Please don’t think we’re done. There’s much more we wanted to do, but I just never expected such generous support. Please keep supporting us and spreading the word). Updates on Twitter @TLWforCumbria - thanks, Jamie.[/p][p]Now, back to the beginning:[/p][p]Here are two true stories. The two reasons I’m doing this for two charities I hope to support.[/p][p][b]1: One day, some adults decided that children didn’t need to talk about nature any more.[/b][/p][p]They took all the wild words out of their dictionaries and replaced them with “email”, “broadband” and...“selfie”...![/p][p]This stunning book has rescued these lost words to remind us all, that we need to share them, learn about them and care about them.[/p][p]Following some incredible campaigns across the country, we’re asking you to help us provide a copy of The Lost Words book to every school in Cumbria.[/p][p]My name is Jamie and I work for Cumbria Wildlife Trust. I work with about 2000 young people each year and can see just how much they care, worry and want to help the world around them.[/p][p][b]This June, I’ll walk 200 miles from Coast to Coast, climbing the height of Everest on the way, to fundraise for 200 books to go into 200 Cumbrian schools. I’ll visit schools each day along the route to give assemblies about wildlife and to listen to what children have to say. And I’ll be staging some free Lost Words community events in the evenings too.[/b][/p][p]I have two bad feet (and a missing kidney), so expect the talking to be much easier than the walking.[/p][p]It’s the first step in helping to reconnect young people with their wildlife and everyday words such as acorn, bluebell, conker, kingfisher, dandelion and heather.[/p][p]It’s also a beautiful book filled with everyone’s wildlife. And we’re going to need young people to know and care about these things.[/p][p]As we’ve seen in the news, nature and young people need us all more than ever.[/p][p]Please give generously to help bring The Lost Words back into our children’s lives.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]2: “Until Everyone Understands”[/b][/p][p][b]I will be sharing all donations equally between Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Lost Words appeal and the National Autistic Society. Here’s why:[/b][/p][p]As I was preparing for my walk, my 8 year old nephew, Connor, had his vital school support cut. Because someone didn’t understand. Because... “he seems to like reading now”...[/p][p]Connor has autism. He’s a bright, funny, adventurous boy who needs help with everyday routine tasks, help to communicate and help to understand everything around him. Any parent of an autistic child will tell you how difficult it is to get the right support, and how much they themselves need to learn, in order to help their child throughout their life.[/p][p]Autism is a very common lifelong disability, affecting how people communicate and interact with the world around them. It’s referred to as a ‘spectrum’ as it affects different people in a wide range of different ways. There are over 700,000 autistic people in the UK but it’s still not widely understood, despite being first discovered 80 years ago.[/p][p]The National Autistic Society aims to change that by helping everyone to understand. They provide support, expertise and services to over 100,000 people in schools and communities through 100 branches across the UK, as well as campaigning nationally.[/p][p]At the moment, autistic people are much less likely to enter full-time employment, are likely to feel excluded in most situations and are very likely to be misunderstood.[/p][p][b]Through my walking (and talking) I want to help people understand what autism means and to raise vital donations for this impressive, yet little-known charity, so it can provide the very support that gets ripped away from families like Connor’s, each time cutbacks are announced. Each time someone doesn’t understand autism.[/b][/p][p]There’s my two reasons. Lost words and lost communication. It makes sense to me. But maybe I just think differently. Don’t we all?[/p][p]Thank you for listening. And for understanding.[/p][p]Jamie[/p]