RUCT | Pedalling for a Purpose: Family Embarks on Tour de Autism to Support National Autistic Society, Cycling Through Local Yorkshire Stadiums

Published: 21/03/2024

Last week, RUCT met with two inspirational men who set them selves a remarkable challenge all in aim of fundraising for the National Autistic Society. Robert Campbell, has become an avid supporter for the National Autistic Society after his 4 year old son was diagnosed with autism a the start of 2023. Since the diagnosis… Continue reading RUCT | Pedalling for a Purpose: Family Embarks on Tour de Autism to Support National Autistic Society, Cycling Through Local Yorkshire Stadiums

Last week, RUCT met with two inspirational men who set them selves a remarkable challenge all in aim of fundraising for the National Autistic Society. Robert Campbell, has become an avid supporter for the National Autistic Society after his 4 year old son was diagnosed with autism a the start of 2023. Since the diagnosis he and his family have been working hard to educate themselves about autism, as well as taking on some amazing fundraising activities.

Following completing running 100 miles in October 2022, a bucket collection at Barnsley F.C. and a raffle, he set himself a new challenge – the Tour de Autism. Joined by his father, Frank Campbell, the duo cycled from the Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley, to the John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield and finally to the Valley Parade Stadium in Bradford as part of stage 1.

To kick off stage 2 of the Tour de Autism, Rob and Frank started again at the Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley, stopped by the AESSEAL New York Stadium in Rotherham, then headed to Bramall Lane and Hillsborough in Sheffield, before ending the journey back at Oakwell.

Whilst at the New York Stadium, Rob said that “Harry has always been a big fan of football, and loves going to football matches so to have so many local teams involved in this and other fundraisers that we have done is incredible.”

“We didn’t know much about autism before my son’s diagnosis, we are doing all these activities to help raise awareness to autism as well as the society. Autism is there, and statistically people with autism aren’t in employment, struggle at school more and so many other things and this shouldn’t be happening in today’s day and age. So I will keep banging the drum to help raise awareness for the rest of my life.”

Madeline Dyson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for RUCT, said “It was an honour to meet with Rob and Frank, they are truly inspirational people. To see a family coming together, three generations, all supporting each other is touching. One thing we are passionate about here at RUCT, is that it’s not about our badge, it’s about our community and I think the Tour de Autism is a great example of the football community all coming together to support one amazing cause.”

The Campbell family would like to thank you everyone who has supported them with all their heart all, and if you would like to donate to their JustGiving page please follow the link below and follow Rob on social media for any further challenges you can get stuck in with.

https://www.justgiving.com/team/tourdeautism2024?utm_medium=proxy_team&utm_content=team%2Ftourdeautism2024&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

https://www.facebook.com/rob.campbell19/

https://www.instagram.com/racampbell1986/