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Autism Wessex Kicks Off 50th Birthday Celebrations in Style


Hundreds of runners joined Autism Wessex on 6th January at its annual 10km and fun run at the Somerley Estate in Ringwood, marking the start of the charity’s 50th Birthday year.

Runners braved the January chill to raise £7,594.51 which, when added to a donation of £4,267.44 from Basepoint Bournemouth, brings the total raised by the event to £11,861.95.

Emily Pike, Corporate Relations and PR Executive at Autism Wessex said; “Thank you so much to everyone that joined us at Somerley. It was fantastic to see so many local people getting involved and a fitting way to kick start our 50th Birthday celebrations! A huge thank you must also go to our long term partner Basepoint in Bournemouth for its incredibly generous donation and support this year. We are so thrilled to have raised over £11,800! A further thank you also to David Lloyd who led the warm up and served some much needed bacon rolls at the finish line.”

Basepoint Bournemouth has donated £10,000 in event match funding to Autism Wessex’ Information and Advice service this year. The Information and Advice service provides free specialist advice and support to anyone that needs it on a broad range of topics, including diagnosis.

Karl Fuller of Basepoint Bournemouth said; “We would like to congratulate all of the runners that took part and are delighted to be able to boost the total that they raised. Having worked with Autism Wessex for many years now we know how vital the Information and Advice service that they run is to so many local people and are pleased to be able to help to fund it.”

Founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is the regional charity that provides specialist support and services to anyone affected by autism.

For more information about Autism Wessex please visit www.autismwessex.org.uk or @autismwessex on Facebook and Twitter.