AFTER his grandson was diagnosed with severe autism, a man set his sights on raising cash for Scottish Autism.

George Eggo, from Dunfermline, has now handed over £4,000 to the charity after an array of fundraisers and it will have a big impact on their Lochgelly project.

He auctioned signed merchandise from Big Country and the Skids, sold football cards and completed a sponsored walk over the Queensferry Crossing on the day it opened.

George said he wanted to help other families in similar situations.

“I only really properly understood autism and the impact it has when my grandson, Arran – who’s a fantastic wee lad – was diagnosed," he explained. "He’s severely autistic and non-verbal, and looking after him is incredibly hard work for my son and daughter-in-law.

"Any support from charities such as Scottish Autism is so important and I wanted to do something to help autistic people and their families that live in Fife.”

Scottish Autism service manager, Jim Gorman, said George's efforts were having a huge impact on their Lochgelly service – a facility which has eight purpose-built flats giving service users the ability to enjoy assisted living.

"It has helped us to put in a patio area and raised flowerbeds that all our residents can access and enjoy," he said. "We are particularly looking forward to the spring when the garden transformation should be complete. It will provide a beautiful, calming environment for everyone.

“This wonderful space will improve the lives of autistic people in Fife. George’s hard work and commitment, raising £4,000 over three years, helped us reach the £20,000 target to cover the cost of the garden – we are incredibly grateful to him.”

The team is now starting to fundraise for a garden sensory room, which will cost an additional £20,000.