Southfields’ young adults with Autism, Asperger’s, OCD and Learning Disabilities have helped raise more than £1100 for others affected by similar conditions.


The youngsters, who live at Southfields, which supports individuals who lead challenging lives, raised the money during April’s Autism Awareness Month.


The money was presented to Scottish Autism, a charity which supports people with the condition, in a ceremony at Southfields this week.


The group of 14 youngsters, assisted by support workers, ran a number of events throughout the month to raise the funds including a raffle, a pyjama party, scone sale and public donations boxes.


For the raffle service users visited local businesses asking for prizes to be donated. Generous donors included The Sanam Indian restaurant, Hair Dot Comb, Kudos Furniture store, Tescos, Frankies & Bennies and Wetherspoons.


Southfields, run by Swanton Care and Community, is situated on the outskirts of the village of Slamannan, near Falkirk.


Caroline Shepherd, Service Manager, said she was delighted by the amount raised.


She said: “It’s fantastic that our services users raised such an impressive amount for other people affected by autism.


“Everyone had so much fun with the raffle and the pyjama party. I want to say a big thank you to all who gave so generously and supported our services users as they went about the community on their fundraising drive.”


Karen Wilson, Fundraising Manager at Scottish Autism, thanked Southfields for their support.


She said: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Swanton Care for raising such a fantastic sum of money for Scottish Autism.  We are a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism, providing a wide range of flexible and innovative support services for children and adults, each with a focus on improving quality of life. 


“Donations like this help us reach more people in Scotland affected by the condition.”


Autism affects an estimated 50,000 people in Scotland, or 1 in 100 people.