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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

April 21, 2010

No Mate, ready to get going yes, bored no. Played footy in the park with the sun going down, then pints and a kebab afterwards....perfect afternoon!
See you tomorrow!


  1. What a LAD!!
    good luck willie

  2. Hi Will,

    You don't know me; my name is Leslie Ellis and I'm Ben Francis' girlfriend. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet when you were in town last weekend. I have friends and family in between NY and San Fran and would be happy to try to find you and Alex some sofas to crash on along the way. Do you have a set list of cities you plan to stop in? If so, if you can send it to me I can see what I can round up for you. You can either send it to Ben (I think you have his email address) or me at Your parents very graciously offered to put me up for a night in Nairobi last fall (tho I ended up not needing it) and the least I can do is return the favor.

    What you two are doing is really impressive and fingers crossed that you can get going soon!