Sunderland families walk out to raise autism awareness

Pawsum the Panda joins walkers, World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park
Pawsum the Panda joins walkers, World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park
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WEARSIDE families put their best foot forward to raise awareness of autism.

The North East Autism Society (NEAS) yesterday staged a one-mile walk in Herrington Country Park to raise awareness of the condition.

North East Autism Society's CEO John Phillipson receives �80 from student Lauren Stephens after completing the World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park.

North East Autism Society's CEO John Phillipson receives �80 from student Lauren Stephens after completing the World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park.

The charity’s mascot Pawsom the Panda was on hand to greet all those who participated in the Walk for Autism with certificates.

“We organised the event to bring all of our supporters, parents and people in the local community together,” said Lisa Taylor, marketing and promotions officer at NEAS.

“There were staff, service users, parents and carers, other autism groups and some schools participating.

“It was fantastic, it was such a nice morning to come together.

World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park

World Autism Awareness Day walk around Herrington Country Park

“The route was very accessible for people with wheelchairs and pushchairs and more than 300 people took part”.

At certain points along the route, children were given clues to try and find Pawsom.

The North East Autism Society offers a wide range of services.

The walk was arranged to raise awareness for the group which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.