Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing is supporting a nationwide charity challenge to help raise awareness of issues affecting pupils with autism and is calling on all local schools to take part.
The Anderson Schools Challenge is a joint campaign between The National Autistic Society (NAS) and the Anderson Foundation, which asks schools to complete 50 fun and easy tasks in celebration of the NAS’ 50th Birthday.
The tasks, which range from fitting 50 items into a Smarties tube to holding an autism-awareness assembly, can be undertaken by 50 individual pupils or a whole class, unless any pupils fancy taking on all 50.
The money raised will help the NAS to provide much-needed services and support for people affected by autism across the UK.
Mrs Laing said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Anderson Schools Challenge and am calling on all local primary schools to do their bit and help raise awareness of autism.
“School can be a real struggle for many children with the condition, but better understanding among teachers, school staff and other pupils can make a real difference.
“This is a fun and easy way to improve awareness of autism and raise vital funds for the NAS, so that it can continue to support individuals and families across the UK."
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the NAS, said: “We’re thrilled Mrs Laing is championing this important challenge and encouraging as many schools as possible take part.
“Autism is more common than most people think – around one in 100 people have the condition and it touches the lives of over 500,000 families in the UK.
“Raising awareness and providing vital support can make a world of different to people with autism and their families.”
To sign up to the Anderson Schools Challenge visit www.autism.org.uk/schoolschallenge