Locked in for Autism

Locked in for Autism

Raising autism awareness

Caudwell Children’s campaign to
generate more funding, awareness,
and understanding of autism.

Locked in for autism

Caudwell Children launched Locked in for Autism back in October 2014 and after travelling over 4000 miles, engaging with over 10,000 families and raising over £90,000 to help children with autism, we have considered all of the feedback and recognised it’s time for a change so will no longer be delivering the Locked in for Autism challenge.

Over the course of nearly three years Locked in for Autism proved successful in generating extensive national and local media coverage. In 2016 Locked in for Autism was also recognised by the charity industry when it was shortlisted for a prestigious Third Sector Award in the ‘Communication Campaign of the Year’ category.

We took our glass box to 31 Tesco stores across the UK where we relied on outstanding volunteers to put their lives on hold to live inside the 2m x 3m transparent structure for at least 50 hours. The youngest volunteer was 18 and the oldest was 81! We had people from all backgrounds take part – including a teacher, taxi driver, retired boxer, wages clerk and library manager – all with a personal connection to autism and all with a passion to help Caudwell Children and put autism in the shop window.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign, including Tesco PLC who proved brilliant hosts and continue to share our vision to raise the profile of autism. Thanks also to the teams of Caudwell Children supporters who backed the campaign throughout. Of course the biggest thanks are reserved for the aforementioned volunteers, who put their lives on hold for 50 hours or more to live in the glass box – you are brilliant and we really couldn’t have done this without you!

This campaign may have ended, but of course our mission to keep on raising funds for our autism support services continues and we are soon to enter an exciting new era with the launch of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC).




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the campaign

Check out the Gallery to see some of our finest moments!

Our glass box visited 31 Tesco stores across the UK – click on the map pins to find out what happened when it visited these towns and cities.

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