Hundreds of local families have gathered in Derry for the fourth annual Walk for Autism Acceptance, in memory of Circle of Support co-founder Carrie Coyle.
A brief silence was held at the start of the walk over the Peace Bridge in honour of Carrie, who died suddenly in January at the age of 36.
The song ‘Say Something (I’m Giving Up On You)’ was played over the loud speakers during the poignant event, while bubbles were also released into the air by many of those gathered.
Carrie’s teenage daughter was among those who led the large gathering from Ebrington Square over the bridge and back on Saturday, with blue flags, large blue flowers and banners held aloft.
Carrie’s friend and fellow C.O.S. co-founder Caroline Roddy told the Journal: “This was always Carrie’s brainchild so we are doing a wee remembrance, taking a moment to remember her, but she is never forgotten.
“C.O.S. was Carrie’s baby. She wanted it to be about awareness to start off wit but it moved on to acceptance as the group grew and grew.
“It’s all about getting people aware of how many families are affected but also about accepting the fact these children are different but they are children first. You have to see past the autism.”