MORE than 25 families flocked to Abbotsford House at the weekend for an Easter egg hunt.

The event was put on by the Borders Additional Needs group (BANG) and even featured art and crafts events.

Pauline Grigor, chair of the group, told the Border Telegraph: "It is important that we as a charity hold these events to ensure these children are able to participate with parents and siblings in an environment that allows them feel included.

"BANG has well over 10 years experience with working with families in the Scottish Borders and was set up in 2003 in my kitchen with a dream to offer support to families with children with rare complex and additional needs.

"The fact we still thriving and going forward is a credit to all our committee and our ability to tailor support based on needs of those parents we engage with."

The charity has seen its membership grow over the past year and is connecting with more and more families in the area.

The youth group also enjoyed a day at Ratho climbing arena on Wednesday.

Pauline added: "The committee work hard to ensure events like our autism friendly cinema screening and free music therapy and many more are organised.

"This support is invaluable to families in Borders and we look forward to implementing our new development plans in 2017 -2018 to create a universal support service to families with children with rare complex and additional needs.

"All of families are looking forward to our annual day at the Calvert trust in may and the many events we are organising on behalf of parents and families in Scottish Borders."