Walkers trekked from Barnstaple to Fremington Quay in aid of Tourettes Action and The National Autistic Society on Saturday.

Around 50 people turned out for a walk on Saturday to raise awareness of autism and Tourette’s syndrome.

Kelly Toivonen, from Barnstaple, organised the sponsored walk from Barnstaple to Fremington Quay, in aid of Tourettes Action and The National Autistic Society.

She was inspired to come up with the event as her brother, Connor Burden, suffers from both conditions.

Kelly said around 20 people had to drop out due to sickness, but there was still a good turnout.

“People still have two weeks to get their money in but I think we have raised around £1,000 between the two charities,” she said.

“We wanted to thank Barnstaple Football Club for letting us have the clubhouse and West Coast for the providing the disco.

“Sainsbury’s also provided us with free helium for the balloons at the part afterwards.”

Kelly said she hopes to be able to run the event again next year.

“We will probably focus more on the National Autistic Society next year - but we’ll be back and even bigger.”

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