Swim for autism

Pictured (from left) are Chris Doyle, Jenni Roberts and Paul Ritchie.
Pictured (from left) are Chris Doyle, Jenni Roberts and Paul Ritchie.

FUNDRAISERS have swim the equivalent of the English Channel for autism.

The team of fundraisers with autism have taken the plunge to raise both cash and awareness for the charity Scottish Autism.

They joined together to swim the equivalent of the English Channel in the run- up to World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Teams of eight took on the challenge at Kirkintilloch swimming pool recently,

including Scottish Autism service user Paul Ritchie (43) who has lived in Lenzie and Kirkintilloch all his life.

The charity’s senior autism practitioner Jenni Roberts, who also took part, said it was a massive challenge to reach the 1,363-length goal – and even more so for those with autism.

She said: “There are many sensory, social and transitional issues they are likely to struggle with such as echoing noises, chemical smells and crowds of swimmers at public swimming pools, never mind the physical effort required to complete their swims.

“It’s all worth it though to raise lots of money for Scottish Autism’s therapeutic group opportunities, which I know will directly benefit people with autism in Glasgow.”

Autism is a lifelong condition which leaves sufferers feeling isolated – affecting the person’s ability to communicate, form relationships and understand everyday activities.

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/account/teams/swimthechannel.

For more pictures, see this week’s Herald dated Wednesday, April 11.