Friday, 25 November 2011

Glasgow to Vietnam: Inspirational Fundraising for Scottish Autism

Alison Hood from Glasgow, has been fundraising for Scotland’s autism charity, Scottish Autism since 2002, and to date has taken part in 5 overseas events to places as far afield as Malawi, China and Everest’s Base camp in Nepal. Alison also spends many weekends in Glasgow fundraising at supermarkets, shopping centres and venues such as Hamden, Ibrox and Celtic Park. Over the last nine years Alison has raised many thousands of pounds and encouraged and inspired many other colleagues and friends to get involved.

Alison said “I started fundraising for Scottish Autism because my friend’s two children were diagnosed as being on the spectrum. I saw first-hand how the charity helps her and her family and also how desperately Scottish Autism needs funds to support the helpline, advisory and information services they offer.

This November I am off to Vietnam to do a 400 km bike ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia. Next year I am doing a husky trail in Lapland and a cycle challenge in Cuba. The challenges have allowed me to experience cultures in some of the remotest parts of the world, and the challenging physical and mental aspects combined with the satisfaction of raising money for such a worthwhile cause make the experiences second to none. If anyone would like to join me on any of the up and coming adventures please visit Scottish Autism’s fundraising page at”.

To acknowledge and celebrate Alison’s efforts she is being awarded with Honorary Membership of Scottish Autism at their AGM on 29 November 2012 and presented with a gift made by Art Opportunities. Also receiving this award is Elizabeth Neilson, who has been raising funds for Scottish Autism for 18 years by selling their Christmas Cards in Perth Library and organising events at her local golf course. Carolyne Nurse, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Scottish Autism said “Without the remarkable efforts of fundraisers, Scottish Autism’s Support Team would not be able to provide invaluable information and advice to the many hundreds of families and individuals who contact them. We are indebted to Alison and Elizabeth who devote such a lot of time and effort, helping us to enable those living with autism in Scotland through the whole life journey. Between them they have raised over £30,000, and hopefully this award goes some way towards saying thank you.”

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