£600,000 in 60 days
To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we asked our brilliant supporters to help raise £600,000 in 60 days.
To celebrate our 60th anniversary, all donations between 28 March 2022 and 27 May 2022 went towards our £600,000 in 60 days fundraising target. We saw an amazing response with people across the country giving and raising money. Together we smashed our target, raising an incredible £709,886.94.
Massive thank you to HB Cares who have chosen to support our £600k in 60 days challenge by donating £6,612.08 to our Autism at Work program. This donation will support individuals getting into work through the hospitality sector.
Thank you so much to Daniel Storrie who swam 60 lengths in his local pool for our Super 60 Challenge and raised £240.
A big thank you to the Cullum Family Trust for their incredible ongoing support of the National Autistic Society and for their special donation during this period, which helped us to reach our goal of 600k in 60 days and moved us closer to a society that works for autistic people.
Huge thanks to all of our amazing Spectrum Night Walkers, who marched across London and Manchester on the weekend and have raised nearly £18,000 and counting!
Well done to Coca-Cola European Partners and the McColgan family for walking 6k with 60 family members, friends and and colleagues. They have raised an amazing £2,345 for our £600k in 60 days challenge! Coca-Cola donated an additional £1,000 donation to celebrate their event bringing the total raised to £3,345.
A big thank you to Lloyd's Market Association who had raised money in support of our £600,000k in 60 days challenge. Fiona Temple, Sheila Cameron and Matt Wood were doing a super 60 walk, while Stephanie Ruiz took part in a sky dive. Together they had raised a fantastic £6,889 and they still have more fundraising planned.
Big thanks to one of bravest top fundraisers, Kelly, who has raised £840 for her abseil in May. Best of luck Kelly!!
A huge thank you to May Ng and her family for running 60km in 6 days for the Super 60 Challenge. They had raised over £10,000 in total for the National Autistic Society over the years. Amazing!
Thank you to Adam Pope for completing your 60km for 60 years run during World Autism Acceptance Week. His year of fundraising and completing Ultra challenges has so far raised an amazing £1,500!
Thank you to all our supporters who give a regular gift! These gifts mean so much to our work. Right now, your gifts helped us reach out to autistic people and their families when they need us most. And you are also helping us continue to plan for the future, creating a society that works for autistic people. Thank you so much!
A huge thank you to 8 year old Eve Alderman and her dad, Ian, who aimed to raise £10,000 by backpacking the full length of main land britain - 1300 miles! (from John o' Groats to Lands End). Eve and Ian are both autistic and by doing this challenge they wanted to help people understand autism and change people's perceptions towards autism.
A big thank you to First Sentier Investors who took part in the Super 60 challenge as a team at their offices. Participants pulled together a 60’s playlist of 60 songs which you can find on Spotify under the name ‘Will Oulton’. They raised over £1,400 for National Autistic Society, 60 themed challenges included completing 60 sit ups, 60 squats, 60 lunges each day; learning a new word or phrase in Spanish every day for 60 days and 60 minutes of yoga a day for 6 days.
Thank you so much to Margaret and daughter, Rebecca, who turned their favourite hobby into their Super 60 fundraiser. Throughout World Autism Acceptance Week, Rebecca and Margaret baked and cooked 60 different recipes - selling their delights and raising over £600!
A huge thank you to Lucy, a budding autistic actor, who took the Super 60 Challenge and made it her own. Lucy gathered 6 fellow actors and recorded 6 videos, acting out a scene from 6 different plays. The videos were shared throughout WAAW on her social media as well as our Super 60 Facebook group and we absolutely loved watching them!
A big thank you to Coca-Cola European Partners, Sidcup branch. We received a further donation of £10,000. Coca-Cola employee James McColgan and his family have gone above a beyond for the National Autistic Society. Not only did James and his family take part in a Super 60 challenge raising a total of £3,880, but James went a step further and pitched to Coca-Cola European Partners for an extra donation. He was successful in this pitch and won the charity an additional £10,000. James and his family have raised £13,880 for the National Autistic Society.
Thank you so much Hayley Aston for raising over £1,200 and taking part in our Spectrum Night Walk!
The Philanthropy Team would like to say a special thank you to our Philanthropsists and Circle of Friends members whose contributions have raised over £33,000 towards the £600k in 60 days total - helping create a better world for autistic poeple. Thank you!
Massive thank you to everyone who purchased the 'Ready Steady Dough' packs as part of World Autism Acceptance Week and our £600k in 60 days campaign. For every pack bought, 10% of the sales went to National Autistic Society. This brought in a brilliant donation of £3,090.75.
Fiona Temple, Sheila Cameron and Matt Wood from Lloyd’s Market Association took part in a15k walk as part of super 60 and completed it in 3 hours, 3 minutes and 3 seconds! As a team they have raised an impressive £5,138. Lloyd’s Market Association are our charity of the year and still have a few more events to come.
An extra special thank you to some very adventurous fundraisers, Anurag and Kush, who are currently trekking across Nepal to Everest Base Camp and raising £1,000s for us in the process. We are in awe of your perseverance and dedication, well done and thank you both! For updates on this epic trek, visit Anurag and Kush's fundraising page.
A big thank you to Katie's son and family who absolutely smashes their £300 Super 60 fundraising target, raising £2,480!! Katie's son who is autistic loves football and going to away games. So for their Super 60 Challenge, they decided to walk the perimeter of 6 different football stadiums in 6 days! A huge well done and thank you!
Thank you so much to Janka Dustan and her son Tom who gave themselves a different challenge every day for 6 days, throughout WAAW. Their challenges included everything from trying 6 different fruit and veg, reading 6 books in one day, to completing 60 star jumps.
Thank you so much to Freddie Evans, 9, who is autistic and took his love for gaming and challenged himself to a 6 hour gameathon raising £100 for NAS!
Thank you so much to Dean Rhodes and his son for holding a bucket collection at their local Morrisons as part of WAAW, raising over £300!
Thank you so much for reaching the top of the leaderboard and to Dean Smiley and Team Bhatt/Smiley, who raised £1,551 by taking part in Spectrum Night Walks.
Paul Burns and the team at Core Fulfilment took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks event this weekend and have raised a monumental £2,890 so far - thank you so much team!
Thank you so much to Alastair Fallon who ran six 10km runs over World Autism Acceptance Week. Congratulations on smashing your £60 target, raised over £400!
A huge thank you to Gemma Ralph and her pupils who walked over 60,000 steps in 4 days - raised a whopping £960!
Thank you so much to Alana Greenwood and Paul for taking on the Spectrum Night Walks for their beautiful son Max and for raising over £1,000 in the process. Amazing!
Thank you to Salesforce along with CloudShift, Pexlify, Epam/ PolSource, Coveo, Natterbox and OwnBackup who took on their own London to Paris bike ride. A team of 32 riders set off on Wednesday 18th May and arrived on Friday 20th May. They have so far raised just over £29,000. Dan Ingle was the team captain and did it for his autistic son, who was diagnosed in lockdown
Thank you so much to our top fundraiser Cate Blakesley, for raising £2,322 and bravely taking part in the Abseil for Autism. Congratulations Cate!
A huge thank you to IRLA, who held their annual conference on Monday 16th May. IRLA have been working to bring the event to net zero carbon emissions and what better way to this then cycle from London to Brighton. The ride and the conference raised just over £5,000 for the National Autistic Society with further fundraising to come.
Where your money goes
Every little really does help towards hitting our target and changing the lives of autistic people and their families, for example:
- A donation of £6 could enable us to keep our website up to date with the latest vital advice and guidance. Donate and be part of growing the biggest source of autism knowledge in the UK.
- A donation of £60 could ensure the online community is there for everyone who needs it, providing a safe place for autistic people and their families.
- Raising £600 could help 12 families receive support from our Education Rights line, helping those families to know their rights.
- Raising £6,000 could enable a job coach to support two autistic adults into paid employment, championing autistic talent.
- Helping us raise £10,000 could fund a year of running costs for three of our 116 community branches, supporting autistic people to overcome loneliness and isolation.
People we have been able to help thanks to our supporters
Why your help is so vital
The past 60 years has seen so much progress but there is still so much to do to create a society that works for autistic people. Only 22% of autistic people are in any kind of employment and during the pandemic, autistic people have been seven times more likely to suffer from chronic loneliness. With your help we can continue to provide vital advice and guidance, direct support, as well as campaign to tackle the injustices autistic people face on a daily basis.
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