Five minutes with Waterloo Road star Richard Mylan on his skydive for autism
When we heard that television actor Richard Mylan was planning to do a sponsored sky dive for autism we were rather excited and got on the phone to have a chat with him about his fundraising.
Richard’s acting career has covered a wide variety of TV roles but perhaps his best known is as Oliver in the television sitcom Coupling (2004) and his ongoing portrayal as Simon Lowsley in BBC drama Waterloo Road (2006-present).
His son Jaco, who is nearly nine, has a form of autism known as PDD (pervasive developmental disorder). By jumping out of a plane at 12,000 ft on the 10th of August, Richard hopes to raise precious funds for Autism Puzzles – a charity supporting those with autism and of which he is a patron.
Piecing together support for autism
Autism Puzzles offers free, friendly and confidential support for parents and/or carers of children going through, and following, an autism diagnosis.
Based in Cardiff the charity is run by parents of children on the autistic spectrum – and provides workshops and training, drop-in clinics as well as fun sessions for all the family to be involved in.
Richard is all too aware of how important a support network is for families affected. He explains what he’s trying to achieve: “Mainly it’s to have someone who’s kind of in the public eye to represent them and spread awareness, get people talking about Autism Puzzles and the great work that they do.”
Make your fundraising spread like wildfire
Richard may be in the public eye but even he admits he’s learning as he goes along: “This is the first time I’ve done a major fundraising event so to be honest, I’m learning on the job. You’ve got to keep it up.”
Richard has been particularly active on Twitter. He said: “You’ve got to make wildfire happen by constant tweeting and constant reminding because people, with their best interests, will just forget.”
Richard worked with Autism Puzzles to set up his free fundraising campaign. He says: “MyDonate was easy to connect to and it was very user-friendly.”
Richard has managed to raise more than £1,400 already. The sky’s the limit for Richard!