Autism walk group is now a charity after fundraiser

Participants gather for a 10-mile walk to raise money for people with autism.
Participants gather for a 10-mile walk to raise money for people with autism.

People from Brighouse, including fundraiser Tanya Kerry from Lightcliffe, took part in a 10-mile autism walk.

The walk, from Hebden Bridge to Halifax, has raised more than £5,000 for Linden Brook Care Home and the Parent and Carers Council.

Tanya, whose son Freddie is autistic, said: “I wanted to get involved as I have a vested interest with Freddie.

“This year though instead of the walk being along the canal it was on the roadside so we can generate more interest and raise awareness.”

The money raised means the group, headed by Cheryl Jones from Copley, can now register as a charity.

She said: “The amount of public support all the way back to Halifax was fantastic.

“We passed through lots of queuing traffic at the Mytholmroyd Gala and raised £335 from that alone.

“I’d like to thank Bar Francesca in Sowerby Bridge and all the staff at Covea Insurance, who raised £700.

“I want people to understand the impact autism has as it’s not a particularly visual disability so people don’t know a lot about it.”