Andy Clayton, fundraiser for the National Autistic Society

Andy Clayton is an autistic entrepreneur and keen runner, who put his sporty talent to use, to raise money for World Autism Awareness Week. Andy put his own twist on our 7k for 700k event, and ran an amazing 177km, in seven counties, over four days! Read Andy's story below to find out what inspired him to take on this impressive challenge. 

"I am one of the lucky ones - my Asperger's sometimes causes me to struggle to understand and work with people, but it has also given me special skills. Despite my challenges, I have been able to build a happy and successful life, with a beautiful family, and my own company.

"Since being diagnosed last year, I have discovered that less than 20% of autistic people are employed, and I’ve met many autistic people who are really struggling. Some need full-time care, so fundraising is important. But many face the same challenges as me, such as working with people (especially those in authority), and low self-esteem.

"So, I am running 177km in seven counties in four days challenge for two reasons. The first reason is that I want to raise funds to support autistic people who can’t work and require care. And the second reason is that I want to share my story, to help inspire other autistic people, and to let them know that they are not alone, and that we can overcome our challenges together.

"This is going to be a serious challenge - we’re running the hills of the Cotswolds and the Downs, will probably cover over 200km, and will carry all our own kit and tents. It will be cold, wet, tiring, and long, but with your help we will not only complete it, but love every step.

"I am running with my friend Jon Penn, an amazing entrepreneur, and great support in my life.

"We are hoping to raise over £2,000 for The National Autistic Society, who help support autistic people and their families."

To find out where Andy and Jon ran and to support them, you can visit their JustGiving page

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