Thursday, April 3, 2014
Scores of Norwich students went to college in their pyjamas to help raise awareness and funds on World Autism Day.
Students and staff at City College Norwich took part in Onesie Wednesday to help generate funds for The National Autistic Society.
Every student wearing a onesie donated £1 to the good cause.
To help improve understanding of autism, there was also an information stand and activities in the college’s main reception area.
The college supports more than 200 students with autism through its Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and specialist RUGroom facility.
Students come to the college from throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, and in some cases from even further afield, in order to access this specialist provision.
Gemma Burton, manager of the Regional Centre for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, said: “Onesie Wednesday is a fun way for us to help raise awareness of autism, both within the college and beyond.”
“We see every day with our students that, with the right support, having autism need not hold any individual back from flourishing and reaching their full potential.”
Pupils, staff, parents and carers from Hall School in Norwich also took part in Onesie Wednesday and did a sponsored one-mile walk around Catton Park in Old Catton wearing onesies and pyjamas to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
They also sold onesie shortbread biscuits that children in one of the primary classes made.
Sarah Ballard, fundraising organiser, said: “There were around 150 people taking part in the event and so far we have raised nearly £600. I am overwhelmed by the support from the staff, pupils and parents for this event and a big thank you to all those involved to make the event such a huge success.”