Can you help Cherry Trees light up Guildford Blue for World Autism Awareness Day?
Cherry Trees has taken on the challenge to ‘Light up Guildford Blue’ for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. So far we have an impressive 30 businesses supporting our campaign either by lighting up their windows blue, selling blue cakes, dressing windows with blue balloons along with The Bear Garden running a “name the bear” competition. The Guildford Spectrum, Friary, Tunsgate Arch, The Guildhall, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, and Guildford Castle will be lit up blue for the day and evening.
In 2007 the United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day, it is an internationally recognised day aimed at raising awareness of autism throughout the world. Global landmarks like the Empire State Building, Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Niagara falls, Trafalgar Square, Orlando Eye and The Great Buddha amongst many thousands of others will celebrate the day through lighting their great monuments blue.
We hope a large crowd will join us at 6.10pm at The March Hare to take part in our blue procession lead by Guildford Mayor, Councillor Gordon Jackson around the castle grounds before we let off our blue balloons.
We are also holding a street collection in Guildford High Street from 2pm – 5pm where we have 6 collection points – Sainsbury’s, M & S, WHSmith, House of Fraser, White Lion Walk & Debenhams -with volunteers giving out blue balloons, leaflets and wrist bands and handing out tickets offering a discount on food and drinks at The March Hare on South Hill who are also supporting ‘Light up Guildford Blue’. If you can spare an hour to collect we would welcome your help. Please call us on 01483 222507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your story.
Why is this day important to Cherry Trees? At least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism and over 60% of our children and young adults are on the autistic spectrum. Raising awareness of autism will help improve the lives of children and adults with the condition, along with their families. Through raising awareness and greater understanding of autism, we hope to improve inclusive opportunities within the community, along with enabling children and young people to achieve their aspirations.
We would also love to see selfies of you wearing blue, having blue hair, baking blue cakes, drinking blue cocktails, or in fact anything blue related! Tag us on twitter or share your pictures, stories and fundraising activities via facebook and twitter: @cherrytreesuk and Instagram: @cherrytreescharity.
Get involved with the hashtag as well #LIUBGuildford