Photo of Night Walk participant holding medal

 

Meet Tyron Woodford, a 46 year old man from Swindon. Tyron has taken part in every London based Spectrum Night Walk for World Autism Awareness Week since they began, making it his fifth year. He even walked his first Spectrum Night Walk in a banana onesie.

Tyron talked to us about how Spectrum Night Walks have allowed him to discuss autism in the workplace…

Why are the Spectrum Night Walks important to you?

Spectrum Night Walks raise the profile of autism and the National Autistic Society. I have spoken about the Night Walks to my team at work and showed them the photos, medals and certificates. My manager mentioned how managing an autistic person has benefitted him in managing others. My manager and I were also used as an example for reasonable adjustments. I have also put photos of me walking on the Night Walks on my company intranet and how much money I raised. The intranet post has also reached other members of the company in the UK.

Taking part in the Night Walks gets you talking to others about autism and their experiences which aids conversations inside and outside of work.

Have you or your family received any support from our charity?

I have had support from the charity through attending two different courses for autistic employees, which my employer paid for. I have also got lots of information from the website and some recommended books.

How did it feel to walk with so many proud and dedicated people?

You get a great buzz at the end of each 5km. Having walked 15km each time you come away feeling like you’ve helped achieve something great for the charity. You meet lots of people and get cheered on by members of the public and the National Autistic Society staff and volunteers.

How much did you raise and what top tips would you give to our fundraisers?

Last year I raised £376.35 and my tip for fundraising would include going through all of your contacts, promoting your Just Giving link and mentioning your Spectrum Night Walk to any clubs that you are a member of.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking part in Spectrum Night Walks?

Do it! It’s a fab atmosphere and team spirit, you get to see great views of the city and a magnificent charity to raise funds for to help transform lives, change attitudes and build a society that works for autistic people.

 

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