Sue Saddington

Sue is running the London Marathon

Fundraising for National Autistic Society
£2,847
raised of £3,000 target
by 30 supporters
Event: London Marathon 2024, on 21 April 2024 Start fundraising for this event
National Autistic Society

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RCN 269425
We provide support, services and advice to help autistic people and their families

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

As some of you are aware, my gorgeous grandson, Louis, has been diagnosed with autism. 

Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning it affects people in different ways. This makes it very hard to understand Louis's needs and wants, especially as he is pre-verbal. Imagine wanting a biscuit or some fruit, even a drink, and the only way you know how to communicate this is by banging a bowl on the worktop. The only way you can express hurt, anger or frustration is by shouting or headbutting. Behaviour that can be seen as 'naughty' or threatening. Gradually, with help from the professionals around us and a lot of hard work from his parents, we are learning how to 'manage' Louis and make him happy. And, of course, reduce the occurrence of 'meltdowns'.

The National Autistic Society is all encompassing; providing support, information and training whilst campaigning and researching. 

Their aim is to create a society that works for autistic people. 

In 2022 they embarked on a major exercise to articulate what a society that works for autistic people actually looks like, leading to a publication of a shared vision of an autism-friendly society. This was called the 'Moonshot' because of the scale of ambition and collaboration needed to achieve it. Society is changing and becoming more aware and knowledgeable about autism, but the reality that this vision is likened to the ambitious nature of a 'moonshot' is sad. 

Let's contribute to the change and help create a society where autism is understood, accepted and, most importantly, respected.

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About the charity

National Autistic Society

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RCN 269425
The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for autistic people. With your help, we can make it happen.

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£2,846.95
+ £116.25 Gift Aid
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£2,846.95
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