A DEDICATED mum who created a caring company to help people with Asperger’s and cerebral palsy is being praised for her work and has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Alison Little founded Bridge Medical Solutions in 2012 after she struggled to find help for her son, James, who has Asperger’s.

She wanted to help people with disabilities to reach their dreams and has worked tirelessly for almost a decade to make sure that their voices are heard.

“I remember with James that it was very difficult to find tailored care for him,” said Alison, 53, who now lives in Emley. “I knew I wanted to make a care company with the service user at the front. I love helping people and it was all spurred on from personal experience.”

Alison and her team helped to create daily quizzes for the service users during the lockdown period to help keep spirits up.

“I didn’t want anyone to feel that they were forgotten,” added Alison. “Our ethos centres around helping the service users to get into society and find activities that interest them.

“With lockdown we couldn’t do as much as we usually do so we created a Facebook page and put on quizzes or bingo to help people to socialise which was lovely.”

Alison has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for her work during the pandemic.

“I am gobsmacked,” she added. “When I set out to do this, I never did it for the praise, I just knew how hard it is to get the right help you need when your child has additional needs.

“I love what I do and I love the people I meet every day – I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

If you would like to nominate someone for a Proud of Barnsley award email ch@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk.