|Brothers go on holiday of a lifetime
Two brothers who live in supported accommodation in Wigan Borough have been on their first holiday in over ten years thanks to support staff.
Kevin and Andrew Baxter, aged 48 and 44, who currently live in Ashton, were born with disabilities, which has left them unable care for themselves or communicate.
Throughout their lives they have had limited independence meaning they have been unable to do the simplest of day-to-day activities without support and this has also stopped them experiencing trips on holiday.
Thanks to the support from staff at their bungalow, which is part of Wigan Council’s supported accommodation scheme, the brothers have gained lots of life experiences and also a sense of independence.
Kevin and Andrew regularly go out on trips, including evenings out at the disco and day trips to a local hydrotherapy pool. And more recently they have been on holiday to Blackpool.
Michelle Farrimond is Kevin and Andrew’s support worker, she helped organise their trip along with her colleague Elizabeth Hope. Michelle said: “When I first found out that they hadn’t been on holiday in over ten years, I just thought, I have to take them away.
“It was so lovely to see them experience things for the first time and to be a part of it.”
On the holiday Kevin and Andrew had a day trip to the zoo, had ice cream and watched the parade for Armed Forces Day, and also visited the circus.
Michelle said: “They had never been to the circus before, and Andrew absolutely loved it.
“Even just going on the tram in Blackpool, they have never been on a tram.”
Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “It is examples such as this that show what brilliant people we have looking after some of our most vulnerable residents.
“I’m really pleased to see that Andrew and Kevin had the chance to go on holiday and experience lots of new things.”