News: Counting steps to support autism charity

8 April 2020

Despite the current situation, staff at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Jazz Court in Scarborough were determined to continue with their Walk for Autism.

Hayley Denton, Liz Jones, Tracey Potter and Tracy Thomas from Jazz Court took part in the walk.Hayley Denton, Liz Jones, Tracey Potter and Tracy Thomas from Jazz Court took part in the walk.

The team of 17 staff, known as Jazzy Gems, took part to support one of their team, Linda Shaw, a care and support assistant whose four year old grandson has autism. 

The challenge was to walk 10,000 steps each day for eight days, ending on 2 April, which was also World Autism Awareness Day.

Everyone taking part received a t-shirt and pedometer to ensure steps were counted correctly. To boost morale during the challenge, some of the team did an impromptu exercise class in the garden area at the retirement scheme, socially distanced and entertaining residents watching from their windows.

The team raised a total of £406 for the charity, which helps to change the lives of people affected by autism across the UK and Ireland.

Linda said: “A massive thank you to all the people who have sponsored us. The Jazzy Gems were amazing supporting a charity that is close to my heart.”

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