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Gillian to take on 10,000 step challenge for her son

Posted on 3rd March 2021

A Wigan mum plans to make great strides to raise awareness of autism after her three-year-old son was diagnosed with the condition

Gillian Aldred, from Standish, is fundraising for autism by walking 10,000 steps every day for eight days straight in the national Walk for Autism UK & Ireland challenge

Her son Sebastian was diagnosed with non-verbal autism and sensory issues last year. The mother-of-four said she first realised something was wrong when Sebastian was 17 months old.

Gillian said: “Sebastian started to have speech problems and he’d just make noises. When I went to a play area with him, he’d become overwhelmed and distressed. So he was referred to a consultant and he was diagnosed late last year.”

More than one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are at least 700,000 autistic adults and children living in the UK.

Now in its fourth year, Walk for Autism is a virtual event, which means participants can do it at their own pace, in their own time, and there are no organised walks to attend making it a safe way to support autism even during the covid pandemic.

Gillian said: “It’s not that we feared the diagnosis of autism so much itself but we feared more about how the world would treat him. So I have decided to take part in the Walk for Autism to help raise awareness and much needed funds."
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