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’s Gareth 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!”