On Friday 5th April organisations around the East Midlands donned their silly socks in order to raise awareness of autism and fundraise for regional autism charity Autism East Midlands. Over 50 businesses from across the East Midlands took part. These included Rolls Royce, The Nottingham Panthers and Avant Homes. In addition 39 School, colleges and universities joined in with the fun.
The autism spectrum is wide-ranging, no two autistic individuals are alike as autism affects everybody differently. It can occur alongside other conditions such as anxiety, depression and learning disability.
As the largest autism specific charity in the East Midlands, Autism East Midlands support autistic adults, children and their families, as well as advising businesses who want to make their environments autism friendly. Silly Sock Day was organised during Autism Awareness Week and it gave supporters opportunity to generate conversation about autism amongst their peers and colleagues.
As part of Silly Sock Day participants were asked to place a photo of their silly socks onto social media. Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with activity on Friday with businesses, schools, charities and individuals engaging in the event through the hashtag #sillysockday. Even Smooth Radio’sGareth Evans showcased his Silly Socks on Twitter.
Stephen Knott, Head of Fundraising and Communications at the charity said “We are extremely grateful to all that participated in Silly Sock Day and helped to raise much needed funds for the charity. There was a lot of laughter around the (sometimes questionable) choice of footwear - but far more importantly the day served as a conversation starter, helping many to speak about their experience of autism in their workplaces and schools. This openness is vital to creating a world which recognises, understands and values autistic people – so thank you to all who took part!”
A selection of Silly Sock Day Participants:
- The Nottingham Panthers
- Rolls Royce
- Leicester City Football Club
- Fraser Brown Solicitors
- Avant Homes
- Castle Rock
- Rothera Sharpe
- The Institute of Directors
- GMB Midlands and East Coast
- Smith Cooper
- Intu Derby
- De Montfort University
- Derby College
About Autism East Midlands.: Autism is a complex, life-long condition which affects the development of communication, social and life skills of around 700,000 people in the UK. However, the autistic spectrum is wide ranging, meaning that no two autistic individuals are the same as it affects everybody differently. With the right structured support, education and care, so much can be done to help both autistic children and adults to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. Autism East Midlands are the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and have been dedicated to supporting autistic people since 1968.