Family stories

Support from Take a Break goes a long way as a single parent

Sarah lives in Aberdeen, Scotland with her sixteen-year-old son, Percy. Sarah says, “Percy was diagnosed as autistic with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) when he was seven years old. Life has been difficult for Percy, especially during his younger years. […]

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We used our grant towards camping equipment

Geraldine lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband, Desmond, and children, Katie, 20, Marcus, 18, and Shay, 17. Marcus has been diagnosed with autism and has high support needs. Geraldine explains, “Marcus is non-verbal, so he finds it quite difficult […]

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Family time and making memories

Emma lives in Central Scotland with her husband, Steven, and children, Tessa, 17, Lukas, 13, and Kieran, 12. Kieran was born early at 27 weeks gestation. He has been diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy which affects his arms and legs. […]

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Grants have been a lifeline for my family

Anna lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland with her husband Anton, 13-year-old son Jay, and her parents. Jay is autistic with moderate to severe learning difficulties. Anna explains, “The conditions greatly affect everything that we do. Jay suffers from severe anxiety, so […]

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Take a Break helps to take the financial burden away

Nicola lives in Lanarkshire with her nineteen-year-old daughter Libby, thirteen-year-old John and their grandmother. Libby has a diagnosis of autism, learning and behavioural difficulties, and partial chromosome deletion disorder. Family life with Libby Nicola recalls, “Libby was diagnosed with autism […]

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Spending quality time together

Laura lives in Edinburgh with her partner Jason and two children. Her son Oscar is eleven years old. “Oscar was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. He also has a recent diagnosis of Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), previously […]

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A break from everyday life

Leona lives in Dundee with husband Paul and six-year-old daughter, Elena. “Within the first 24 hours of Elena being born she was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. A day later, Elena was also diagnosed with a congenital heart defect which led […]

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Tori’s story

Tori is 44 years old and lives in Angus with her partner, Michael, and children, Rosie, 15, Millie, 12, Beatrice, 11, Gabriel, eight, and Memphis, six. Millie has autism. Family life Tori explains “Millie was diagnosed at the age of […]

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Adele’s story

Adele is 38 years old and lives in Perth with her husband, David, 42, and daughter, Holly who is seven years old. “Holly has an official diagnosis for hypermobility and sensory processing disorder. She also has autistic and ADHD traits […]

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Kelly’s story

Kelly is 33 years old and lives in Hamilton with her three daughters aged three, five and 14. Kelly explains that her youngest daughter, Hailie, “has complex needs, but the specifics change every time she is assessed. She has sleep […]

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