Autistic runner takes on Sunderland 10k for the cause

Michael Mohan, centre, will be running the Sunderland 10K with two supporters Joanne Burlinson and Iain Watson raising money for the adult services centre for people with autism on Thornhill Park, Sunderland.
Michael Mohan, centre, will be running the Sunderland 10K with two supporters Joanne Burlinson and Iain Watson raising money for the adult services centre for people with autism on Thornhill Park, Sunderland.
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A RUNNER is using this weekend’s Sunderland City 10k to help fellow autism sufferers.

Michael Mohan will be lacing up his trainers for the event alongside thousands of others as he hopes to raise cash for the North East Autism Society (NEAS).

With the help of support workers Joanne Burlinson and Ian Watson, Michael hopes to generate money for equipment for therapy sessions at the NEAS.

Michael, 32, along with many others who suffer from autism, is non-verbal and requires visual instructions to help him communicate.

With the money raised, the NEAS hopes to buy new equipment for therapy sessions to help with hand-eye co-ordination and improve communication.

The centre is in Thornhill Street, Sunderland, where Michael attends Adult Services day provision.

“The race will be a great achievement for Michael as although he is a very good runner, he is yet to run this sort of distance,” said Ian.

The race takes place on Sunday. To sponsor Michael go to www.justgiving.com/michael-mohan.