On September the 15th I will be taking part in Ironman Wales, Tenby! This is a 2.4 mile swim in the sea, 112 mile hilly cycle and a 26 mile hilly run!! - all in one day!!! This is a huge challenge for me as I only 18 months ago learnt to swim properly, the course is one of the hardest there is, and the cut off times are very strict! However, I’ve trained as much as I can over the last 9 months and have given it all I’ve got, so I fully intend to complete the course!
The reason I’m doing this crazy challenge is to raise as much money as possible for AP Cymru, a local Autism charity, and to raise awareness of Autism. My nephew Harri has Autism and goes to the Hollies in Cardiff, a fantastic school for children with Autism.
AP Cymru is a fantastic charity, below are some details of their work!
‘AP Cymru provide a peer support outreach service for families going through the autism diagnostic process, and the crucial months which follow, by pooling together our lived experience to provide a warm, friendly, and accessible service. The majority of our staff are autistic and are parents to autistic children, so we are able to provide well-rounded, positive, and understanding information to parent/carers.
Our families can access a wide variety of workshops, training courses, clinics, guest speakers, and family fun sessions. The waiting lists for therapies and other services in most areas are incredibly long, therefore the workshops we facilitate allow parent/carers to access general information from professionals while they wait for their child to reach the top of the waiting lists for more individualised programmes.
We also provide fun and interactive workshops for organisations and businesses of all shapes and sizes, creating opportunities to engage in continued professional development which enhance the day-to-day experiences of thousands of autistic people and their families. This in turn assists with ending the stigma which is still sadly linked to autism within our society. Our workshops and talks are not just for adults. We provide assemblies and other talks within schools, catering for all ages and stages from the Early Years Foundation Phase (KS1) through to Key Stage 5.’
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