image003To mark World Autism Awareness Week, the UK’s leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society (NAS), announced today that it had become the Moneysupermarket group’s (MSM) charity partner. MSM’s ‘Dave’ helped launch the week with his trademark #EpicStrut.

 More than one in one hundred people have autism in the UK, and the new partnership, which will last for two years, will help the NAS fund vital emotional and practical support for thousands of individuals, families and carers affected by the lifelong condition.

 World Autism awareness Week runs from 27 March – 2 April and the NAS is encouraging supporters to ‘stand out for autism’ in some way: from sharing their personal stories on social media to getting involved in local ‘Stand Out’ fundraisers.

 Dave, whose #EpicStrut has made MoneySuperMarket’s current TV advert such a success, made a special guest appearance, much to the delight of staff, at the NAS’ head office in London. He is standing out for autism and supporting World Autism Awareness Week on social media, in his own spectacular way:  .

 NAS Chief Executive, Mark Lever, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as MSM’s charity partner for 2015-16 and that ‘Dave’s’ #EpicStrut and ‘standing out’ has helped bring attention to this important week – pictures of Dave have been liked by over 22,000 of our Facebook followers!

Dave with NAS Chief Exec Mark Lever

 “Some of MSM’s intrepid staff have already pledged to run, cycle and climb mountains for us, and we are so grateful to them for their energy and commitment to increasing public awareness of autism.”

 Alan Cairns, Group HR Director for MoneySupermarket said: “We are delighted to be working with the NAS over the next two years to raise money and awareness of autism.

 “Our staff across all four of our businesses (MoneySuperMarket, TravelSupermarket, MoneySavingExpert and OnTrees) nominate and then vote for our chosen charity partner and I know they will give their all to help support this cause and the important work carried out by the NAS.

 “Some of the NAS projects’ have a specific impact on how those with autism and their families are able to cope with financial pressures, and we, across our businesses, want to help those living with the condition better able to manage their money and finances day to day. The less time spent on thinking about their finances means more focus can be given to living with autism.”