PEOPLE on the autistic spectrum often need the constant attention of their loved ones.
This can be extremely demanding on both the individual and their family, and often a few days respite – with a bit of sea air thrown in – can be incredibly valuable.
Borders Asperger and Autism Group Support (BAAGS) have, through charitable donations, been able to purchase an eight-berth caravan – known as the “carer-van” – at the Berwick Holiday Park, for the use of families in just that situation.
BAAGS chairman Derek Purvis told TheSouthern: “It is a fantastic facility, one which we have been able to upgrade recently.
“It allows a very inclusive holiday, where the person with autism spectrum disorder can enjoy a few days away with their family, and the caravan is big enough to allow more people, such as the person’s carer, to go as well.
“We have had a lot of interest from other parts of the country, such as Newcastle and Edinburgh, but we’d like to see more Borderers use the facility.”
The cost of a short stay at the caravan is a lot lower than it would normally be.
Mr Purvis said: “We are not doing this to raise money, any money we charge is just to cover the costs.”
To find out more, check availabity, or to book a place, visit www.baags.co.uk/caravan.html