Autistic runner’s fundraising plan to say thanks to charity

Michael Mohan (centre) with his two supporters Joanne Burlinson and Iain Watson
Michael Mohan (centre) with his two supporters Joanne Burlinson and Iain Watson
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AN autistic man is planning to raise cash for the charity that supports him.

Michael Mohan is set to run The Bupa Great North 10k Gateshead on Sunday on behalf of the North East Autism Society as a way of paying back the adult day care service he regularly visits in Emsworth Road in Sunderland.

Michael, who lives in a North East Autism residential home, is severely autistic and cannot speak, instead using visual instructions to communicate.

The 32-year old will be doing the race with help from support workers Joanne Burlinson and Iain Watson, who work at Thornhill Park School.

The three are hoping to raise money to supply equipment for therapy sessions at the charity, which will go into a sensory room to help with hand-eye co-ordination and improve communication.

This will be the second race Michael has run for the society, as he also completed the Sunderland 10k in April, in 61 minutes.

Iain said: “Michael really enjoys running and taking part in events like this.

“It’s not only something he enjoys but it’s a good way of keeping him active.”

Michael’s other hobbies include cross-country running, swimming and bike riding.

Anyone who is participating in the Great North 10k and would like to support North East Autism’s work can visit www.ne-as.org.uk/fundraising for more information.

All money raised will be used to support the society’s work.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Michael can visit www.justgiving.com/michael-mohan.