Charities team up to support children with autism in North Somerset

Autism charity delivers gift packs to parents and carers across Bristol and North Somerset.

Bristol Autism Support charity teamed up with GoodGym to deliver gift packs to parents and carers across BS postcodes. - Credit: BAS

Parents and carers of children with autism across North Somerset were surprised with batches of gifts from a Pill-based charity this week.

Bristol Autism Support's (BAS) founder, Kate Laine-Toner, from the North Somerset village, started the charity 10 years ago after struggling to find support for her own daughter who has autism.

Since then she has helped support more than 2,000 families across North Somerset and Bristol and recently teamed up with fitness charity, GoodGym who cycled and walked to supply wellbeing packages to carers across all BS postcodes.

Autism charity surprises carers with gifts

Kate Laine-Toner founded Bristol Autism Support 10 years ago. - Credit: BAS

Kate said: "This kind of selfless generosity helps us to go the extra mile for the parents and carers we support.

“The pandemic and various lockdowns have been so hard on our families. While we offer a wide range of virtual support opportunities, the personal connection of face-to-face meetings has been sorely missed.

“We wanted to provide our members something physical and tangible, so that they would know we are still very much thinking about them and deeply care about them and their wellbeing.”

Autism carers receive messages of support from Bristol charity.

Each pack contained treats as well as messages of support. - Credit: BAS

Each pack contained sweets, flower seeds, origami hearts, badges, tea bags and messages of support.

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