Berwick bridge to be given makeover for Autism Awareness Week

17 Mar 2017

A bridge in the county is to be given a makeover in recognition of those living with autism. Over 700,000 people in the UK live with autism, and Berwick’s Royal Border Bridge will be turning blue for a week.

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 27th March until Sunday 2nd April, 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.

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.

Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health, 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.

You will be able to see the bridge lit up blue every night of World Autism Awareness Week, and can find out more about the condition at http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx