Autism Society forms partnership with walking charity

The North East Autism Society, a charity based on the Drum Industrial Estate has formed a partnership with The Walk & Talk Trust to raise funds for both organisations.

The Walk & Talk Trust, founded earlier this year, has launched a campaign called The Big Smile, a series of guided fundraising walks across the north.

The aim is to raise money that will be used to buy free pairs of walking boots for children and disadvantaged adults and inspire them to connect with nature.

The initiative, which is backed by legendary mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Alan Hinkes, and athletic Steve Cram, also aims to tackle obesity and boost mental health.

Kevin Meikle, fundraising manager for NEAS, said: “We are always open to partnerships with other charities and we love the passion behind The Walk & Talk Trust. We look forward to a successful association.”

Supporters can sign up for the walks and money raised will be split between the two charities. There is no registration fee, and the minimum fundraising contribution is £99.

Geoff Simpson, chief executive of The Walk & Talk Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside such a well-established and respected charity as the North East Autism Society, which has been doing amazing work in the region over four decades. By signing up for one of the walks, people can help two great charities at the same time.”

Sponsors of The Big Smile include the world’s biggest sports retailer, Decathlon, The Northern Echo, Durham County Council, County Durham Sport, Greggs, Eversheds Sutherland, SG Petch, and the It’s Great Out There Coalition.

The series of walks, led by experienced guides Keiron Young and Richard Ellis, continues through to 27 August 2021, with a final circular walk from Durham City.

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Autism Society forms partnership with walking charity

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