One of my oldest and dearest friends Peter and his best friend Craig are currently cycling 300 miles from London to Paris to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person experiences the world and how they relate and communicate to other people. Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum, including Peter’s young son Mason.
Understanding Mason’s Diagnosis
It is impossible not to smile when you are around Mason. Funny and full of life he is the definition of happy.
Although it was apparent from a young age that he had certain challenges with his development, it was still a shock to the system for Peter and the rest of Mason’s family when he was formally diagnosed with autism in January 2015. Whilst a difficult time for everyone, this was a positive milestone as it marked the start of Mason receiving the professional support he needed. Not only Mason but also Peter, who found the advice and support from the Parent to Parent Service at the National Autistic Society exceptional.
“…it was a little lifeline to me – just amazing. I think it was this that held me together”
You can read more about Mason and Peter’s story on Mummy JoJo’s Blog – Autism and Unconditional Love.
Cycling from London to Paris
Peter decided he wanted to help give back to the society who has helped his family so much throughout the last year and a half and so embarked on a challenge of a lifetime. To cycle 300 miles from London to Paris, along with his good friend Craig Miller.
Today (20th July 2016) they set off on their long journey. 76 miles in they are still smiling and raring to go!
How you can help?
The services of the National Autistic Society are free of charge and they are doing everything they can to help autistic people and their families get the support, education and training they need.
Visit Peter’s Just Giving Page to make a donation. Please dig deep!