Family backs charity that gave son his first holiday
AN ILLOGAN family is urging local people to support a charity which helped them.
The Go Provence initiative, launched by the Brandon Trust, enabled Scott White, 17, to go on his first holiday.
The trust gives young people with learning difficulties the chance to stay in France.
And while Scott, who has Angelmann's syndrome, was away, it allowed his parents, Jo and Chris, and his sister, Alana, 14, to have a respite holiday in the Canary Islands.
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Mrs White said: "It was the first time we had ever been apart from Scott, so it really felt strange. But it did mean we were able to spend some quality time with Alana, which was great for us all."
Scott is epileptic and cannot speak, but is always smiling and loves music and dancing.
He had an amazing time on the holiday and was able to make new friendships, while strengthening his bonds with his support workers.
Mr and Mrs White are keen that other parents in a similar position should be able to take advantage of the Go Provence initiative, which is part-funded by participating families and also by donations made to the Brandon Trust.
Steve Richardson, Brandon's locality manager for children's services, said a forthcoming activities holiday for up to ten youngsters, aged between 10 and 17, would provide a much-needed break for their parents or carers.
Readers wishing to donate to Go Provence should call the Brandon fundraising team on 01170-077 200.