Bridge to turn blue for autism awareness

Berwick's iconic Royal Border Bridge is turning blue for a week.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 4:12 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:00 am
The Royal Border Bridge in Berwick.
The Royal Border Bridge in Berwick.

The tribute has been organised by The Northstar Centre and Border Links in Berwick, and The Pottergate Centre in Alnwick.

The week-long transformation, from Monday, March 27 until Sunday, April 2, will coincide with World Autism Awareness Week.

It is hoped that the change will make people more aware of the condition and the effect that it has on families all over the country.

Coun Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is an excellent show of support for those living with autism. It is a great way to raise awareness, and this has been so effective in the past.”

The bridge was also turned blue in 2015, when it was switched on by four-year-old Max Hackett. Max has Neurofibromatosis, and the bridge was lit up as part of an awareness campaign about the condition.

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how people communicate and interact with others, and how they respond to the world around them. It affects everyone differently, and can lead to learning disabilities, mental health issues and other conditions.

Approximately 700,000 people in the UK live with the condition.