Charity to take a walk in garden

A leading charity will be aiming to raise thousands of vital pounds this weekend, when scores of walkers converge on a Northumberland visitor attraction.

A leading charity will be aiming to raise thousands of vital pounds this weekend, when scores of walkers converge on a Northumberland visitor attraction.

Autism Speaks will hold its fund-raising Walk for Autism Research in The Alnwick Garden tomorrow, when groups of families and friends will gather to support the worthy cause from 10am.

Visitors to the Garden will still be able to register on the day, with two, three and five-mile treks to take part in, as well as activities, exhibitions and live music.

A spokeswoman for Autism Speaks said: "It really will be a magical day - we have lots of fun and interesting activities awaiting visitors and walks to suit everyone along the route.

"All the walks are suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Alnwick Garden really is enchanting."

The Duchess of Northumberland, trustee of The Alnwick Garden Trust, said: "We are very pleased to be able to support Autism Speaks and their important fundraising activity, as autism affects so many children and families.

"The Alnwick Garden was created to offer a unique resource to our local and wider communities, and I'm sure the Garden will be home to an extremely successful Walk for Autism Research".

Autism Speaks is the new name of the National Alliance for Autism Research UK, a charity set up by Dame Stephanie Shirley in 2004 to act as a catalyst in increasing the funds available for biomedical autism research in the UK .

Through The Shirley Foundation, Dame Stephanie has already committed over £35m to autism projects.

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