Rapha and Ambitious about Autism present
Manchester to London
Welcome to the Rapha Manchester to London fundraising support pages. Firstly, a massive thank you on behalf of all at Ambitious about Autism for taking on this challenge and raising funds to support their work. You may have a personal link with autism or you may know very little about it, what ever your reason for taking on this ride you’ll by helping to raise much needed funds to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism across the UK.
The charity’s story starts with TreeHouse School, which was founded in 1997 by a small group of parents whose children had autism. It was the start of an amazing journey that would help change the face of autism education in the UK forever. What started with four pupils grew to become a charity, Ambitious about Autism, that has supported thousands of children, young people and their families to learn, thrive and achieve. We are proud to have made the ordinary possible for so many children and young people with autism.
Riding 220 miles in one day is going to be tough, and at points you’ll need all your strength to pull yourself through. This is what life can be like for a family with a child with autism. As you ride, take strength in the knowledge that your determination will be helping to change the lives of children and young people with autism and their families.
Within these pages you will find hints and tips for helping you to hit that £750 target.
About Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism in a sentence – Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.
Why your support is so vital – 1 in 100 children have autism, a lifelong neurological condition that has no cure. There are around 100,000 children with autism in the UK.
How your support could make a difference
£75 could fund one day of advocacy for a young person, to help them transition to adulthood and give them a voice to influence the provision of further education, health, social care and housing.
£600 could fund our Ambitious Support Service for one day – the support team provides specialist support to young people with autism aged 19-25, enabling them to learn, be healthy, enjoy life and achieve in their own communities.
£1250 could fund one week’s autism training for teachers, enabling them to better support the 70% of children with autism in mainstream education. Currently over half of teachers have not had the specific training they need to adequately support children with autism.
If you need some inspiration take a moment to watch this short film featuring Simon (Founder and CEO of Rapha Racing) and Lucy Mottram as they share their experiences of discovering their son Oscar has autism, the effect of the diagnosis and the importance of TreeHouse School, one of Ambitious about Autism’s key services, in his progress.