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Running With A Purpose

Scottish Autism has a great reputation for supporting those who run in their colours.  That’s because the charity appreciates the fantastic contribution that runners make to their vital work.

Scottish Autism, Scotland’s autism charity, is the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland.  It is a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with autism and enabling them through the whole life journey.   The money that is raised through fundraising plays a big part in ensuring that the organisation can reach more people living with autism in Scotland.  The awareness that is raised by runners taking part in events is also of great value in helping to increase understanding of this often misunderstood condition.

Shona Sinclair, Scottish Autism’s Fundraising Manager (Interim) said “We are indebted to those inspiring people who take part in events for Scottish Autism.  Without them we simply could not help as many people affected by autism.  It doesn’t matter if they run 1 mile or 1,000 miles: every penny they raise is used by us to help people affected by autism in Scotland get the most out of their lives.” 


One such inspirational person is Ianthe Hind from Edinburgh who completed 12 organised runs in 12 months for Scottish Autism.  Ianthe admits that she wasn’t a ‘runner’ before she started her ‘12 in 2012’, but wanted to do something to support her brother and his family.

She said: “My 10 year old nephew has autism, and I see the daily struggle my brother and sister-in-law go through in order to give him as fulfilling a life as possible.  They do an amazing job, and when I asked them what charity I should run for they immediately said Scottish Autism.   They get a lot of support through them, and often use the Scottish Autism website for advice.”

Ianthe is looking forward to taking part in the Great Scottish Run for Scottish Autism this year.

Groups of friends and colleagues often like to share the experience and camaraderie of taking part in a run for Scottish Autism.  It can be a great team builder - as well as great fun!  Bonnybroom Nursery in Glasgow entered a team of staff and parents in the Glasgow BUPA 10K as part of their healthy living campaign and raised a fantastic £1246. 

Clair McLaughlan, the Head of Centre at the nursery said: “We had such a good time taking part in the Glasgow BUPA 10K - it is such a brilliant event with a lovely atmosphere.  We decided to raise money for Scottish Autism because we have had children at the nursery on the autistic spectrum, so it is a charity close to our hearts.”

Scottish Autism receive great feedback from their runners, the charity is incredibly supportive of their fundraisers and has a team of supportive people ready to give advice and help when needed.

Shona Sinclair said: “We’ve been told that Scottish Autism goes that extra mile to help their runners and fundraisers, but that’s because we really value what they do for us.  We can also help runners promote their fundraising efforts through Twitter and Facebook, Just Giving pages and with any fundraising advice they might need.   We are looking for runners for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow (Sunday 6 October 2013) and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival with races for all ages (24 & 25 May 2014), so give us a call!“