Autism Acceptance Week

Autism Acceptance Week is coming up in the last week of March. This is also Easter Service week at St Mark’s, and so we have decided to defer our own marking of this event to the second week after the Easter holidays. This is the week beginning Monday 24th April. There will be activities throughout the week to promote the understanding and acceptance of autism.

These will be aimed at making the school a more comfortable place for autistic students to be and to improve their experience of school. We will also be doing some fundraising activities in order to equip our new Sensory Room with additional sensory resources. Most autistic people have sensory processing differences and sensory activities can make a huge difference in supporting them to regulate themselves. I am aiming to raise £1500 over the next few months and I have undertaken to do two fundraising activities during the week:

Kata Challenge

On Sunday 23rd of April I am intending to do a 100 kata challenge, where I intend to stream on the Karate club YouTubechannel. This will involve my performing 100 Karate and Ryukyu Kobujutsu Kata. It usually takes me about an hour to perform15 Kata, so this will be quite a physical challenge for me.

Head Shave

On Wednesday the 26th of April, starting at 9.10am, I will be having his head shaved to raise funds to buy sensory equipment for the Sensory Room in our Autism Support Facility.
Enzo Baio from Hair Zone in the Southgate Centre has generously offered to cut off my hair and shave my head completely bald. Please give generously to the cause. Every little helps!
The head shave will be streamed live on Google Meets from 9.15am. If you would like to watch, the link for the Google Meets Broadcast is:

You can make a secure donation on the school PTA Investmycommunity webpage. The link can be found here:

Alternatively, you can use the QR code here.

If you would like to contribute to this good cause, please could you follow the investmycommunity link below. Any donation will accrue 25% gift aid on top. 100% of the money raised will be spent on sensory resources. There is one link for both activities, so please could you write in the comments which activity you want to support.

I would be very grateful if you can contribute, and I have made this post public so please can you share it with your friends if you believe in this worthy cause.

Mr J Lawrence
Autism Support Manager