A family have thanked a north-east charity for building a fence in their garden to keep their son safe.
Sarah Taylor’s four-year-old son, Charlie, has autism and the family has struggled with him running away while playing in their garden in Kincorth.
Now, the Khyber Pass Association (KPA) has built a fence to help the family to keep Charlie secure.
The KPA is a non-profit organisation that helps support and raise money for disadvantaged and underprivileged children in the north-east.
Sarah, 33, who also has daughter, Brooke, 8, said: “My son kept running away and it was really unsafe.
“He would try and run into the road – it was really bad.
“Twice he ran away and the police were involved.
“He doesn’t have much safety awareness so we couldn’t really explain to him why he couldn’t leave the garden. It’s been something we’ve really struggled with for a long time because we didn’t want to just keep him indoors, but if you turned your back for one second he would run away.”
Sarah, who works with the care team at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, and her husband, Graham, have said the fence has changed the family’s life.
She said: “It has made a huge difference to us.
“They have been a godsend to work with – nothing was too much trouble.
“To be honest, it has been life-changing.
“Now he can be free to play in the space that we’ve got and we don’t have to worry about him.
“He is such a lovely little boy and his favourite place to be is outside.
“Now, he is allowed outside and is happy and I have peace of mind as well.”
KPA vice-president Jonathan Findlay said the group was delighted to help the family.He said: “My father-in-law is a joiner and did all the labour at no cost.
“We managed to get the material for the fence for £1,000.
“A few members of KPA got together to build the fence.
“Doing things like this sums up what the organisation is all about – helping people in the north-east.
“The whole family was so happy. Since we put the fence up we’ve received several messages saying how grateful they are.
“Being told how much it’s changed their day-to-day life is great.
“It’s been a great success and we’re always keen to continue helping with different communities and families in this way. The KPA has no extra costs – all of our members are volunteers and the money always goes towards the projects we’re working on.”
Aberdeen Care and Repair originally approached KPA for part funding for the project but they ended up teaming up.