Mum leads the way on trek from Halifax to Todmorden

Pictured setting off on a sponsored walk for autism from Salterhebble to Todmorden.

Pictured setting off on a sponsored walk for autism from Salterhebble to Todmorden.

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A MUM led a 60-strong team of walkers across Calderdale to raise awareness of autism.

Cheryl Jones, from Copley, hopes to have collected thousands of pounds by organising and doing the sponsored walk from Halifax to Todmorden.

She was inspired by her four-year-old son Ashton, who was diagnosed with autism in 2009.

“I wanted to do it to raise awareness for autism because people don’t understand it and as a mum, when you see people looking at your child, it’s heartbreaking.”

The money raised from the walk will go to Highbury School in Rastrick and Wood Bank School in Luddenden Foot. Mrs Jones is hoping to have collected between £4,000 and £5,000.

This is the second year she has organised a sponsored walk. Last year she walked from Halifax to Hebden Bridge but said because she was fund-raising for two schools this year, she decided to extend the challenge.

She said she wanted to thank everyone who had taken part and supported her in organising it.

Autism is a life-long developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.