With the 10 year anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day taking place in April 2018. Now seemed like the perfect opportunity to raise some money for a charity which I have watched make a huge difference over and over again in the autistic community: The National Autistic Society.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, - a discovery which allowed for crucial support to be put in place during a time when most people saw me as the second coming of the Anti-Christ.
Without this support I doubt I would have ever learnt to drive, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to make it to university and I'm close to certain that my life would have felt much more unfulfilled .
Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky to receive an early diagnosis as I was and this can cause many difficulties growing up (although, not every case would have been as severe as mine).
This is something (amongst many other things) the National Autistic Society works to change, by raising awareness and challenging parliament on the current ludicrous waiting times for an autistic diagnosis.
This fundraising activity is my way of showing my appreciation of the circumstances which led to my early diagnosis, and it is also serves as a thank you for everyone who supported me.
For anyone looking to understand the exact distances I will be travelling over the course of World Autism Awareness Week, check out the last section of this week blog post for more details: