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World Autism Awareness Day 2016

What a day! We had people cycling their socks off in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk to raise as much awareness of autism as possible and cycle their 1/3 of the circumference of East Anglia, the area we support.

Cyclists at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk, Norwich International Airport in Norwich and Freeport Braintree in Essex clocked up their miles throughout the day to try to reach their 1/3 of East Anglia first and be crowned the winning county. Loads of people got involved; children, adults, staff and families at each site to cycle for as little or as long as they wanted and try to cycle the furthest the fastest.

The event began at a sunny 10am and ran until 3pm, with Autism Anglia fundraisers and staff encouraging as many people as possible to hop on the bikes and begin cycling. Staff were on hand to explain to onlookers why the event was taking place and raise as much awareness of autism as possible.

We didn’t quite cycle the circumference of East Anglia, but that doesn’t mean supporters and cyclists didn’t try! “We had some truly dedicated people jump on the bikes throughout the day” said Jonathan Marriott, Events Organiser at Autism Anglia; “This was such a wonderfully inclusive event with a fantastic atmosphere and it all happened for an amazing reason. Autism Anglia supports adults, children and families throughout East Anglia and it was great to organise an event that represents this, while raising awareness of autism on World Autism Awareness Day.”

Norfolk managed to cycle the furthest distance, but Essex and Suffolk weren’t far behind! A massive thank you to everyone who got involved on the day, particularly the cycling group in Norfolk who cycled for the whole day. This event would not have been possible without the help of Cycle Suffolk, so a big thanks to them too.

We can’t wait to start thinking of ideas for next year’s World Autism Awareness Day and how we can encourage people to get involved while raising as much awareness of autism as possible. 

BeWILDerwood reaches £10,000 donation milestone for Autism Anglia!

The curious treehouse adventure park, BeWILDerwood, has recently reached an outstanding achievement of £10,000 in donations for Autism Anglia. Collection tins are found all around the park, and BeWILDerwood supports any fundraising request for people or charities who are raising money for us. 

BeWILDerwood also hosts Silly Sock Day, a day to wear your silliest, frilliest, and most ridiculous socks and have fun in the park, all whilst raising awareness and promoting Autism Anglia. We have a stand where people can go and learn more information about autism and how to donate to the charity themselves. 

This year’s Silly Sock Day will be held at the park on Saturday 11th June. 

BeWILDerwood is a children’s adventure park set deep in the woodlands of Norfolk, where families can spend the day climbing and clambering in the tree tops, whizzing down slides and zip wires, and getting lost in the enormous Sky Maze. Created by local author Tom Blofeld, it is the setting for a series of books about the adventures of Swampy the Boggle as he explores BeWILDerwood and makes friends with all sorts of creatures, and it has strong links to the charity Autism Anglia, raising over £10,000 in support. 

Autism Anglia is close to the heart of Tom Blofeld, Author and Creator of BeWILDerwood, who is also Vice Chairman of Autism Anglia and has a son with autism. 

Tom commentedOne of the great things about BeWILDerwood is that my autistic son gets to play with piles of fun things to do in enough space for him to feel comfortable. Because it’s a forest, he can always find a quiet spot if he needs it.’ He continued by saying: ‘It’s the perfect place for people on the autistic spectrum and we aim to raise as much awareness of the work Autism Anglia does.’ 

Anna Rogers, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Autism Anglia said ‘The support we have received from Tom Blofeld and all the staff at the park has been incredible. They have helped us not only with donations and fundraising on site at BeWILDerwood but with providing special appearances by Tom at our events, allowing our members free entry to the park on Swampy’s Silly Sock Day and giving the charity a platform at local events – we really couldn’t ask for anything more.  BeWILDerwood is such a special place and to have them supporting us as a local charity close to their hearts is so wonderful. Long may it continue!’

Andrew: Running for autism
Andrew is running as many events as his legs will allow to help raise as much awareness as possible about autism. 

Josephs' Journey Charity Ball
When: 2nd April 2016
Supporters of the charity, Rachel and Claire, have organised a charity ball at Sprowston Manner in Norfolk. There will be a 3 course meal, live band and a raffle. Tickets are priced at £40.00 per person. For more information or to book your tickets, contact Claire on 07900 190694. 

Birds Eye Ben Nevis walk for autism
When: 16th April 2016
Scott and David and walking up Ben Nevis to raise awareness of autism and money for Autism Anglia. What a challenge!

James and Jon: The London Marathon
When: 24th April 2016
James and Jon are taking on 26.2 miles by running the London Marathon - we're tired just thinking about it! If 26 miles is just too far for you, why not consider participating in the British 10k instead? Click here to find out how you can get invovled. 

Lisa: Rat Race Dirty Weekend
When: 7th May 2016
Lisa's son attends our autism specialist school, Doucecroft, in Essex and is running 20 miles of over 200 obstacles to raise money towards an all weather sports pitch at the school, you are brave, Lisa!

Matthew: Milton Keynes Marathon
When: 2nd May 2016 
Matthew is taking on the challenge of running a marathon to support Autism Anglia. Matthew secured his place through Run for Charity. Click here to find out more about it! 

Alison: Bingo Night
When: 11th May 2017
Alison is fundraising for us for the second time by holding another Bingo night, her first one was so successful - thanks for your continued support, Alison!

Jack Hill: Spartan race
When: 3rd September 2016
Jack is taking on a Spartan Race; a challenging, addreline filled, exciting event like no other. Jack secured his place through Run for Charity. Click here to find out more about it and how you can get involved! 

Chris Coughlan: The Norfolk 300
When: 25th September 2016
Last year The Norfolk 300 was a big success, and this year Chirs hopes it will be bigger and better than ever. The Norfolk 300 is a motorbike ride through the beautiful Norfolk countryside. We can't wait!