A mum is calling on Great North Runners to raise money for the charity that has provided vital support for her autistic son.
Louise Blease’s son John, 14, has severe autistic spectrum disorder and the youngster has been helped by Action for Children.
The Rothbury family has had support from the charity’s Monksfield short-break care service in Hexham for the last six years.
Louise said: “Having help from Action for Children is so very, very important to my family – it has kept us going.
“John doesn’t sleep well and finds visitors and even the vacuum or the television too distressing, so his weekly night at Monksfield means that I can have some time to do normal things.
“John also benefits from a night away from home, staying somewhere safe with his friends. He gets the opportunity to learn social skills and interact with people his own age like other teenagers do.
“If you are thinking of doing the Great North Run, please do it for Action for Children. They provide such valuable support to families like mine who desperately need it.”
The Great North Run 2014 takes place on Sunday, September 7.
This year will see the millionth runner complete the iconic 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields.
Elizabeth Lawrence, fund-raiser at Action for Children said: “The Great North Run is always over-subscribed, so we know that there will be lots of disappointed people who either missed the deadline to register or have been unsuccessful in the ballot.
“We are hoping some of these runners will consider running for Action for Children and help us support vulnerable children and young people across the North East and beyond.”
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