After being diagnosed with Asperger's in 2012, I was referred for counselling and consultation to Number Six, a one-stop-shop for adults with high-functioning autism in Edinburgh. The advice, workshops and assistance I received were invaluable.
Number Six is made possible by Autism Initiatives, a charity that meets the needs of people with autism, their families and helpers.
I've now completed ten marathons. In April 2016 I will reach fifty years of age. I'm compelled by my Asperger's-related love of numbers to mark this, so I'm going to attempt my first ultramarathon that very same week. Having never before run further than 26.2 miles, I'll be running 55 miles in one day, between Scotland's great cities.
These are my special numbers. To help Number Six, I'll run 55 miles at 50 years in 10 hours. And this is where you come in. If we multiply 50 years by 10 marathons by 10 hours, we get £5000. Or at least, we will if you help me.
It's vital that Number Six and schemes like it continue, so that people who are disabled by autism can receive the advice, training and support they need. My own disability is comparatively mild. Others rely completely on external help to function at all in the neurotypical world.
Please help me help the charity that has helped me. I'm really going to be stretching myself for this challenge, and I'm asking you to click now and multiply my effort to make a huge difference to Number Six and Autism Initiatives schemes throughout the UK.
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Thanks for helping,