Daniel's 100km Walking Challenge

Daniel's Fundraising Story

Daniel, 12, from Basingstoke personally contacted us, following his remarkable fundraising idea to complete a 100km walk. Under the guidance and support from his parents, Daniel determined the distance target and safest route to achieve this.

We spoke to Daniel and he explained what made him want to challenge himself and walk 100km: “Because I wanted to do something that was not only therapeutic for me but also raised money and awareness of Autism. Through lockdown I found only being able to go outside once a day very difficult – I struggled not being at school where I have a good routine and also being restricted with my time. One of the difficulties I have with my Autism is that I get very stressed and I have found walking allows me to take some time to calm down and it helps my mental health”.

CEO, Debra Harrison-Sales, added: “Autism Hampshire is always very grateful for offers of fundraising support especially given the current challenges related to COVID-19.Daniel aged 12 personally contacted us regarding his remarkable fundraising idea to complete a walk at his own pace over several days to achieve the overall distance of 100km. Daniel under the guidance and support from his parents determined the distance target and safest route to achieve this. We wish Daniel the best of luck with the challenge and will support him along the way”.

Mum, Susanne, has created a Facebook fundraiser page to document Daniel’s progress and encourage sponsors, but most importantly raise awareness of autism as the charity have continuously supported the family throughout Daniels diagnosis. Susanne quotes “Following an assessment with CAMHS it was agreed that Daniel should be on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pathway for assessment. With a predicted waiting list of over 2 years we were referred to Autism Hampshire as a charity who could support us. Daniel’s Dad and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a series of local parent workshops which gave us information, advice and support on various aspects of ASD and raising a child with Autism. These sessions were invaluable and made us feel like we weren’t alone! We learnt a lot about Autism and were able to ask questions and share experiences”.

All donations received will go towards the development our Spectra5 app, where Daniel will be getting involved and supporting us with some features to help provide a more child friendly version of the app. We also hope to expand Spectra5 to be offered nationally.

Spectra5 is an autism assistant app that is designed to help individuals when they need support from the police or emergency services, helping them feel safer in situations that are challenging, facilitating effective communication. For information about Spectra5 please click HERE.

To support Daniel and get updates on his progress, please follow @100kchallenge on Facebook. Alternatively, please sponsor Daniel on virgin giving. Thank you.

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