CAMPAIGNING mums have hit the road to raise awareness of “misunderstood” Tourettes Syndrome.
The four women have embarked on a 2,200-mile road trip, aiming to visit 52 cities in 10 days, and meet the mayors of each of them to hand over information packs, as well as supporting children and adults with the illness.
Tourettes is an inherited, neurological condition, which sees sufferers often develop involuntary ticks and movements.
Jac Campbell, 50, one of the mums, said: “When my son was diagnosed with the syndrome, we asked the professor what we could do to support him and he said the biggest play we could do is to learn about the syndrome and tell everybody about it.
“We felt that there is not enough that has been done, or covered, about the condition, so we decided to do it.”
The women’s epic trip is set to take in an average of five cities per day.
They spent their first night in Hull in Yorkshire, with the final city on the trip set to be Carlisle in Cumbria, next week.
Car manufacturer Nissan is sponsoring the trip and has given the group the use of a Qashqai and paid for 10 days’ worth of insurance to make their way through the country.
Another member of the group, Donna Emmerson, who is originally from Pennywell, has an eight-year old son, Kristian, who also suffers from Tourettes.
Donna, 31, said: “Raising money by doing this isn’t the main thing for us.
“There have been a few TV programmes about Tourettes, but we don’t feel they portrayed certain aspects of the condition fairly, so we are trying to change people’s perceptions.”