MORE than 140 nursery children from across Milngavie and Bearsden are ‘chuffed’ by the success of their recent Train Walk, a family-friendly Thomas & Friends themed sponsored stroll.
The event raised more than £1200 for The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland, the country’s leading charity for people affected by autism.
With donations still coming in, the Milngavie and Bearsden Train Walk is on track for an even higher fundraising total.
Based upon the classic Thomas & Friends books and characters, the event saw families and friends stroll together in a long train to help raise funds for people affected by autism.
They left from their nurseries and congregated in the playpark in Milngavie Precinct.
Provost Eric Gotts, local councillors Jim Gibbons and Bill Binks and children from St Paul’s Playgroup & Nursery, Kilmardinny Nursery, The Glasgow Academy Atholl Nursery, St Joseph’s Nursery, Little Gems Nurseries and Mosshead Pre-School all put their best foot forward for the NAS.
On completion, the children enjoyed a well-deserved healthy snack, donated by Marks & Spencer, and Provost Gotts presented each of them with a medal.
Event organiser Pam Davie, from Milngavie, said: “The people of Milngavie and Bearsden are a big-hearted lot, and they helped make sure the Train Walk was a great success. More than 140 children completed the walk in glorious sunshine. We really couldn’t have asked for a more fun day for such an important cause.”
Provost Gotts was delighted to support the local nurseries in their fund-raising efforts. He said: “The Train Walk is an imaginative idea and a great fun way to get the children involved in a really worthwhile cause.
“The organisers have worked very hard to put together a successful event and I am delighted, on behalf of the employees of East Dunbartonshire Council, to donate £50 from my charity fund. Well done to everyone involved.”
An estimated 50,000 Scots have autism, and it is thought that 1050 of these live in East Dunbartonshire. Those with the condition often encounter significant barriers in communication, social situations and making sense of the world around them.
The NAS provides a wide range of advice, information, support and specialist services to people with autism and their families. Whilst autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.
If you are interested in finding out more about organising your own Thomas & Friends Train Walk, visit www.trainwalk.org.uk or call 0845 180 0426.