THE family of a Carluke teenager with cerebral palsy are being forced to send him to a specialist college down south.
They claim the move is necessary as the standard of further education for severely disabled people in Scotland is so poor.
Andrew McNaughton (17), of Shieldhill Court, was born at just 26 weeks old. He had bleeding in his brain when he was just two-days-old.
Remarkably, he battled back and, after attending Stanmore House School in Lanark, he is now looking to continue his education at college.
But his parents Heather and Neil were shocked when they learned about the lack of courses available at nearby Motherwell College...and other establishments in Scotland.
As a result, they have launched an appeal to raise £100,000 to pay for the first year of a three-year course at the specialist Beaumont College in Lancaster.
There have already been huge responses on the Facebook and Twitter pages that the family set up. And Heather is 100 per cent sure that Andrew will be able to get to college next year.
She said: “Beaumont has everything that Andrew needs and if he doesn’t go I feel like I would be failing him.”
To find out more about the appeal, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke Gazette which is in the shops now. You can find out more about Andrew on the Friends of Andrew McNaughton Facebook page; the page is also on the Gazette’s Facebook site.