A man living at a North East Autism Society adult residential home made a special trip to Leeds to give his dad a birthday surprise.

Simon, who lives at Brentwood in Sunderland, made the journey after Assistant Manager Liam Brown planned the surprise with his family.

Brentwood is one of a range of adult residential care homes the Society operates, which provide 24-hour bespoke care, supporting autistic adults and those with learning difficulties to live as independently as possible.

Staff from the home drove Simon down to Leeds for the big day, with Liam behind the wheel and support worker Amy keeping Simon company, while they all listened to Simon’s favourite music by Bob Marley for their journey.

During their trip, the group stopped for a quick cup of tea before they made their way to the restaurant.

Simon’s dad had expected to meet his daughter at a local Toby Carvery for a lunch celebrating his 60th birthday, but was actually greeted by the entire family.

Once there, Simon enjoyed a carvery dinner and a big slice of cake, as well as a lot of quality time with his family.

He gave his dad a gift of a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, and an Aston Martin driving experience.

After their lunch, the family spent more time together before it was time for the trip back home.

 “Simon has a wonderful bond with his family, especially his dad,” Liam said.

He added: “All the way home Simon was full of smiles, happy that he spent time with his family.”

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