Dozens march to raise money for Portslade autism charity

Posted On 03 Apr 2019 at 2:38 pm

Dozens of people marched four miles along the seafront on Saturday to celebrate children who have autism.

Local charity Mascot, which supports parents and carers of children on the autistic spectrum, held the first of what they hope will be an annual walk to raise money for the network.

Walkers wore the charity’s colours – orange, blue and green – and carried banners designed by the children whose families are supported by the Portslade-based organisation.

Mascot founder Sam Bayley said: “Seeing so many members turn up for our family walk was amazing.

“We know how hard it is to get some of our kids to join in with things, especially on the busy seafront. Those children who did turn up were so well behaved and coped so well, they did us all proud.

“Mascot really is a great community to belong to.”

There are currently 500 mASCot members and their families who benefit from the charity’s work which includes regular meet-ups for teenager and younger children, Minecraft and Lego clubs, a social skills group, talks and workshops and a lively online members forum where parents can find help from others who have dealt with the challenging and inspiring experience of autistic families at home, in school and in the world at large.

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