We proudly present

John’s epic fundraising challenge!  


A special message from our supporter John Coates:

Hello folks!
As a longterm supporter of AFSO I have decided to
help raise much needed funds by

walking the entire Ridgeway Path

 That’s a whopping 87.5 miles
walking 30 HOURS through day and night

starting in Wiltshire, through Oxfordshire, and finishing at Ivinghaoe Beacon, Bucks!

Start:     Saturday 29 August, 9AM
Finish:  Sunday 30 August, 3PM at Ivinghoe Beacon

I have a special connection with the fabulous charity, as my late mum Sheila Coates was one of the founding members of the charity back in the early 1970’s when I was just a boy. Mum’s vision, drive and pioneering work for autism touched us deeply as a family and her legacy remains today with Autism Family Support Oxfordshire and the creative and caring support it provides to local children, young people and their families.

I’m training hard for this challenge and kindly ask you to support my epic walk.  There are several ways you can show your support for me and this amazing charity:

Donate online

Please help me smash my £1,500 target. ANY donation is appreciated. Simply visit my justgiving webpage: 


Join me by doing a small walk yourself!

Why not walk part of the scenic Ridgeway Path yourself and also raise sponsorship for Autism Family Support?  Suggested walks and a Sponsorship Form are at the end of this page.  In the Vale of the White Horse you can even include the annual Chalking of the Horse event! With any luck I might see you somewhere on The Ridgeway!

Come and cheer me along The Ridgeway!

It would be fabulous to see as many people as possible cheering me on along the way – especially towards my finish line at Ivinghoe Beacon! The Village Swan pub in Invinghoe Aston has even kindly promised me a pint and BBQ!  I’m due to arrive at Ivinghoe Beacon at 3pm on Sunday 30 August 2015 – and would love to see you there!

Date                   Time (Approx) Location
Saturday 29 Aug 09:00 AM Starting point: Overton Hill, West Overton, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire
23:00 PM Streatley High Street, RG8 9JB
Sunday 30 Aug 10:00 AM Wendover High Street, Bucks, HP22 6EA
15:00 PM Finishing point: Ivinghoe Beacon. There’s no parking directly next to it, so will involve a walk up to the beacon

Please spread the word! 

Feel free to DOWNLOAD MY FLYER HERE to display, and please do post on your social media … let’s get the word out there and raise funds as well as autism awareness!!

For more details please contact Autism Family Support:
Email Gita Lobo: gita@afso.org.uk    or
Sara Hepworth: ships.oxon@gmail.com 

Many thanks!
John Coates

Please support John & get involved

John’s challenge has already involved a LOT of hard training, pain, worn out boots, and being chased by cows!  I’m sure you agree… he deserves to smash his target of £1500!

Come and greet and congratulate John at the Ivanhoe Beacon OR  at The Village Swan, Ivinghoe Aston

John is due to finish at Ivinghoe Beacon at 3pm on Sunday 30 August. He will then head to The Village Swan pub in Invinghoe Aston for a well deserved pint! The pub will be serving a BBQ in the evening.
http://thevillageswan.com Tel 01525 220544, Email: info@thevillageswan.com

Please bring you family & friends and get involved – dogs are welcome!

Organise your sponsored walk with your family and friends 

Do your own mini challenge and walk to fundraise for AFSO! Here are some suggested routes you may wish to use – click on each walk for more details!

Download our Sponsorship Form HERE – Thank you!

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For enquiries:

Please email:  gita@afso.org.uk
or call Gita Lobo on Tel: 07929 379125

From befrienders to youth club workers and occasional helpers at events, Autism Family Support Oxfordshire relies on people like you giving their time.