A member of the Prior's
Court team will be braving
the blisters on a walking
fundraiser to help us
support our young people
affected by severe autism.
Hannah Merritt, our Training and
Development Co-Ordinator, will be
completing a 47km walk as part of the
Cotswold Way Challenge in June.
The challenge will take Hannah, and
her husband Marc who is also taking
part, up to 12 hours to complete.
This is the fourth extreme walking
challenge Hannah has taken on, with
this event featuring 620m of elevation
changes to tackle along the way.
Hannah said: "As someone who suffers
from chronic asthma, I have never been
able to run very far and so haven't
been able to complete marathons or
other highly energetic events. I felt I
was missing out on the satisfaction of
completing a challenge of some sort.
"I found events that you could walk
and decided I would give one a go
so that I knew what it felt like to
complete something that pushes you
to your limits. Once I did one, I was
"They also have the added benefit of
being able to raise money for charities
which I hold close to my heart."
This is the first time Hannah has
chosen to fundraise for Prior's Court,
following on from joining us in March
Hannah added: "I understand that
people don't have much spare money
right now due to the impact of the
current pandemic, but this really is
a worthwhile cause that will help so
many children and young adults so
"Many people may not have a huge
amount of knowledge around autism,
which is something I am keen to
change and make people aware of
through this fundraising.
"The young people we have at Prior's
Court deserve the very best for
everything they teach us and those
that work closely alongside them. Every
donation, big or small, will go towards
helping our young people live their best
lives and be as happy and fulfilled as
Best foot forward on extreme fundraising walk
Work on our bespoke Health
and Wellbeing Hub is now
well under way.
We're transforming an existing building
on-site into a new medical and
therapy facility providing vital care
for our young people - while working
to reduce the anxiety which is often
associated with medical appointments.
The hub will replicate external
healthcare settings, allowing our young people to familiarise themselves with
A big thank you to all those who
supported this project; with your help,
we'll be able to transform the health
and wellbeing needs of the young
people in our care and ensure they can
receive the best possible medical care,
where and when they need it.
The hub is due to begin operations in
To donate, go to justgiving.com/