On Sunday 20 July 2014 over 100 people across the country took part in the first #AMileForAutism, raising nearly £3,000. The event invited people to do a mile in whatever way they choose, upload a picture of their mile to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #AMileForAutism, and then text donate to Ambitious about Autism.
The cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time also took part in the event when Christopher, the play’s main character, did a mile for autism on stage during the performance on Saturday 19 July. This raised over £2,000 in donations from the audience in the Gielgud Theatre in London.
#AMileForAutism was organised by Charlotte Hall, a mother of two young children with autism.
Charlotte said: “People really got involved and tweeted about what they were doing; I know two girls in London netballed the mile – which worked out as 1,222 passes. Another girl did her mile walking an Alpaca and lots of people did the walk with their families and children and pet dogs, some even cycled and rollerbladed for the mile. My boys, my partner Craig and I walked around the lake at Saltholme Wildlife Reserve in the sunshine; and the boys really enjoyed knowing they were doing their mile for autism.
“I’m delighted to have raised nearly £3,000 for Ambitious about Autism - I never thought it would be possible to raise so much and it just goes to show how dedicated and kind people are. I'm thrilled the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time got involved and raised £2,000. It’s brilliant they showed their commitment to raising awareness about autism, it made me cry I was so touched!
"I want to thank every single person who took the time to do the mile and to donate. It's been wonderful to hear from so many parents telling me how happy they are that we arranged something so inclusive so their children could participate. I feel really inspired by the mile stories that have been shared. Well done everyone and thank you for making this event a success."