Happy New Year! 2018 was a brilliant year for us at the Autism Research Trust, thanks to our wonderful supporters.

See 8 research projects that we funded in 2018

In 2019, we are looking forward to even more projects to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, explore interventions and support innovative social enterprises that help autistic people to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Challenge yourself in 2019

Do you have a New Year’s resolution for 2019 yet? Why not resolve to challenge yourself whilst also raising money and awareness for autism research?

We have found three amazing treks where you can raise vital funds for research, enjoy breath-taking scenery and meet fantastic people, all at the same time!

The Beacons: 6th July 2019

The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales which includes southern Britain’s highest mountain, Pen y Fan. It is a part of Brecon Beacons National Park which is full of stunning scenery, rolling countryside and other impressive mountains!

If you sign up to this trek, you’ll have the option of taking a 25km or a 50km route. Both routes will take you to the summit of Pen y Fan where you will take in the most incredible views and see some beautiful landscapes and reservoirs along the way.

You can sign up to this terrific trek as an individual or a team. Both routes start and finish at The TrekFest Village where there are toilets, showers, food and drink, camping plots and parking. TrekFest will be holding a BBQ on the Friday evening before the event and celebratory drinks after it.

Find out more and register 

The Peaks: 31st August 2019

The Peak District is one of Britain’s most picturesque National Parks. It actually became the first national park in the UK in 1951 and is mostly located in northern Derbyshire, England, but also other English counties.

Once again, there are both 25km and 50km routes on this trek, you can sign up as a team or an individual and both routes start and finish at The TrekFest Village.

Both routes start in the awe-inspiring Hope Valley - the heart of the Peak District and home to beautiful, ancient landscapes. Part of the Ladybower reservoir will be followed on the shorter route, and the longer will be a trek to the summit of Kinder Scout.

Just like the Beacons trek, there will be a BBQ on the Friday evening before the event and celebratory drinks after it!

Find out more and sign up 

Arctic Wilderness: 24th-28th January 2020

For something a little more exotic, why not explore the pristine landscape of Swedish Lapland in the Arctic Circle and take part in the Arctic Wilderness Challenge?

Swedish Lapland is often described as 'Europe’s Last Wilderness'. This once in a lifetime adventure will take you from tundra lowlands to high mountain areas.

You will learn how to live like the Saami people; dog sledding and being in charge of looking after the team of dogs. You will learn survival techniques, witness dense forests and frozen lakes and may even get the chance to see the Northern Lights!

Find out more about this awesome adventure 

Run, walk, cycle and more!

The Autism Research Trust relies on donations and fundraising from the public for our indispensable research. If you can’t partake in one of the treks listed above, you can also help to support us by running, walking or cycling. You can also find fundraising ideas here or read some of our fundraisers’ stories here.

If you’re thinking of taking part or have any more ideas on possible ways that you could fundraise for us, please tweet us at @AutismResearchT or email Elizabeth at [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

We appreciate your support so much and hope that you have a happy and healthy 2019!