LANDMARKS in Colchester were draped in pink, blue and purple lighting for World Autism Acceptance Week.

Colchester Castle and Colchester Town Hall took park in a radiant display along with several regional events organised by local charity, Autism Anglia.

The event designed to enhance autism awareness and understanding.

The charity, stationed in North Hill, not only coloured the castle and the town hall in their brand hues but also arranged a community outreach in the form of a Culver Square stall and a drop-in advice and support day at Twisted Treats on St Botolph's Street.

James McQuiggan, Autism Anglia chief executive, said: "World Autism Acceptance Week gives us the chance to highlight the work of the charity but also the chance to highlight some very important issues faced by autistic people.

"Through our social media channels, we shared the Breaking Point campaign which is a campaign set out by the Autism Alliance, a partnership of autism charities.

"We are appealing to the government to make real change for autistic people."

Research by the Autism Alliance indicates numerous autistic adults in England are not receiving necessary social care, consequently inhibiting their capacity to partake in community activities or secure employment.

Currently, more than 10,000 autistic adults with a moderate learning disability are not getting the required social care.

The charity's annual fundraiser, Silly Sock Day, was also part of the week's proceedings.

Schools, businesses, clubs and sporting enthusiasts participated to raise funds.

Three runners, who took on the London Landmarks Half Marathon last Sunday, collectively raised £1,850, and a sponsored walk also generated more than £1,020.

Jeans Craft Room, a North Hill pottery painting studio, conducted quiet/SEN sessions while raising funds for the charity.

Autism Anglia extends its support to children and adults with autism and their families by providing a myriad of services.

These services include residential and supported living, outreach, diagnostics, Doucecroft school, training, community connect and opportunities centres.

The charity is still seeking support and offers secured places in numerous national and international running events.

For those interested in participating in a sponsored challenge and making a significant contribution for autism, visit