Dad will run GNR for son

Tony Dunn and his son Oliver.
Tony Dunn and his son Oliver.

A Northumberland dad will take on the Great North Run next month to raise funds for the North East Autism Society (NEAS).

Tony Dunn, from Bedlington, whose son is living with autism, decided to take on the run for the first time this year to help raise awareness for what he believes is one of the most misunderstood conditions.

Tony, who works as a technician at global oil and gas giant FES International, said: “I am fortunate enough to have my health and I am able to cope with Oliver’s needs for now, but many carers and parents need support from charities such as NEAS and they tend to be ignored.

“Many people living with autism can have heightened senses so when you see someone with autism acting ‘naughty’ this is often them trying to process them.

“People need to give them space, understanding and a little time to filter it all.”

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