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During Autism Awareness Week (26th March – 4th April 2021) we asked people to take part in our Onein100 and HubtoHub Challenges to raise awareness of autism and our Family Support Hubs whilst also fundraising for Autism East Midlands.

At least one in 100 people in the UK today are diagnosed as autistic. Experts believe the real figure to be closer to one in 60 – with many people being undiagnosed.

Our Family Support Hubs connect autistic children and their families in their local communities across the East Midlands. They provide a regular meeting point for families affected by autism, where our families can access activities for the whole family, as well as gain support and specialist information and advice.

We want to thank and celebrate our star supporters who took part and dreamed up their own Onein100 Challenge and went the distance in our HubtoHub Challenge – collectively raising over £5,000 for Autism East Midlands. You are incredible!

Here is what they did…


Helen Lee Smith

Helen walked a whopping 100km in 10 days – in her wellies – for Autism East Midlands.

Check out her JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hlsdoes100km






Maria Teresa Munoz-Conesa

For Maria’s Onein100 Challenge, she decided to do 100 things during Autism Awareness Week.
She drew 10 things a day from her bucket of activities including exercises, dances, arts and crafts and lots more!
The Wandering Warriors
The Wandering Warriors are a team made up of Lizzi Rose, Stacy Belshaw, Anita Brindley and Matt B. The team completed the HubtoHub Challenge in support of our Family Support Hubs.
Joshua Coats
Joshua is 11 years old and autistic, he struggles with many aspects of life that we may take for granted.

“Josh has never shown any real interest in sport. He has a rather ‘chunky’ frame and has struggled with weight since he was born. However, over the past year and during lockdown, he has shown more interest in some sporting activities particularly running. Over the past three months he has spent more and more time running. 

He has agreed to take part in the virtual relay event and has committed to raising money for the charity he benefits from directly.” – Josh’s parents.

Josh ran four miles per day over a 10-day period with his Mum and Dad.

Check out his JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joshuacoats

Sarah Twiner

Sarah walked 200 miles in 10 days for our Family Support Hubs as part of the HubtoHub Challenge.

“As a parent of an autistic young person as well as a child going through diagnosis I know only too well how important it is to have access to  appropriate services and support.” – Sarah.

Check out her JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-twiner2



Logan Peel

Logan pledged to shoot 100 ice hockey goal in his net at home for his Onein100Challenge.
Logan wanted to raise money for Autism East Midlands as well as awareness about autism, the challenges he faces and how hard he works to overcome these.





The Woods Family

Hannah Woods and her Family regularly attend our Family Support Hubs – and they wanted to give back.

Over 10 days, the family covered 100 miles by  walking, running and cycling. 

“We attend the Northampton Family Support Hub (in person and currently online) where there are lovely activities such as crafts and toys. It is a bit of respite for us as parents and somewhere our whole family can relax in a safe space.” – Hannah Woods.

Check out their JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/goteamwoods


Noel Sampson

During Autism Awareness Week, Noel took on his own Onein100 Challenge by taking as many free kicks as it takes until 100 goals were scored.

“Noel has often asked questions about charities and what they do to help others. After many conversations, he has decided that he would like to take part in raising awareness and hopefully some money for a good cause.” – Noel’s Mother.

Check out his JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-sampson3




Daniel White

Daniel, who is autistic, cycled 15 miles during Autism Awareness Week.

“Having autism can be challenging for me because my brain works differently. It’s really great to have groups where they understand me and I can feel relaxed and have fun. Autism East Midlands provide such groups for me and during the Pandemic have done groups on zoom which has been great!” – Daniel.

Check out his JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alison-white37