Mum's plea to save Bristol Autism Project

A mother has made a plea to a council not to let a holiday club for autistic children be lost if it is outsourced to a private firm.

Louisa Bell started the petition to protect BAP saying it enables her whole family to go out together.

The Bristol Autism Project (BAP) offers free, supported holiday activities for children aged 5-18 years.

Louisa Bell started a petition, which gathered more than 1,200 signatures in a week, urging Bristol City Council to protect the service.

The council said it would not comment until after the tendering process.

'A lifeline'

BAP puts on activities for more than 180 families, ranging from swimming and bowling to outdoor activities.

Mrs Bell's nine-year-old autistic daughter Ciara has used the holiday club for four years.

Before joining BAP Mrs Bell said her family felt "like prisoners in our own home".

When she was told that it will not exist after June, she said she "felt sick" adding "I don't know what we'll do without it".

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