Anyone living in Thanet will know about ‘The Loop’ ….. the main, circular bus route connecting Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs. Not many locals will have walked the thirteen mile route though, but that’s exactly what Stagecoach Employee, Sonya has done to raise money for Autistic Spectrum Disorder a charity close to her heart.

Having recently had her grandson diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sonia was determined to do something to raise awareness of this condition. Sonya’s daughter, Sarah, said of her son…

He is an amazing little boy and we love him so much! He loves trains and buses (it’s a good job Nanny’s a bus driver), his favourite book is the Gruffalo, he’s very good with numbers, shapes and the alphabet, one of his favourite places is Dreamland, he loves going on rides. He’s such a cheeky little chappy and makes everyone smile. I’m not just doing this for Harry and our family but for all the families that are going through a similar journey.

Along with her daughter, and colleagues from Stagecoach South East, Sonya spent Sunday raising money and awareness for The National Autistic Society.  This fantastic charity provides information, support and pioneering services for Autistic people and their families as well as running regular campaigns to raise awareness and increase understanding. Their website states that they are ‘working to change society for the better for those on the autism spectrum’.

In addition to undertaking the sponsored walk the group hosted a raffle, bake sale and some fun things for kids to do next to the Westwood Bus Depot, Thanet. Some fantastic raffle prizes were up for grabs thanks to kind donations from DFDS Seaways, Wingham Wild Life Park, Stonelees Golf Centre, Quex, Stagecoach, Nandos and many more local businesses, keen to help this fantastic cause.


I stopped to chat with Michelle, who works with Sonya, and she told me how busy they had been throughout the day. Michelle said that the staff at Stagecoach were fully behind the charity and wanted to ‘do their bit’ to help. As I was speaking with Michelle, news that Sonya had reached the halfway mark was just coming through. There was a great atmosphere around the marquee, which was conveniently placed in the front car park of Spurling Cannon Accountants, next to the bus depot on Margate Road.

We think this is a tremendous thing to do to raise money and awareness for a condition that affects many people of all ages. At the time of writing this, the fundraising total had just reached the £500 mark…a long way towards the £1000 target.


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