LINE of Duty star Martin Compston is backing a new charity inspired by an autistic Greenock boy - and his mum's fight to change the world for him.

Kerr's Journey was officially launched last week by inspirational mum Laura Graham with a campaign to highlight Autism Awareness Week.

As part of the isupportkerrsjourneybecause# the Greenock actor posted a message backing the cause.

When four-year-old Kerr Graham was diagnosed with autism last year mum Laura started a blog to help make sense of it all for both herself and to find support from other families.

Now as well as having thousands of followers, she is busy setting up autism friendly initiatives and is about to start her second Inverclyde-based support group which is also aimed at grandparents.

Speaking about the launch of Kerr's Journey Martin said: "I would like to wish all the best to Kerr's Journey and its founder Laura on the official launch. Kerr's Journey offers valuable support to families who have children with additional support needs in Inverclyde and helps raise awareness and understanding of autism.

"I support Kerr's journey because it gives all children a chance to be included."

Laura said: "We would like to thank Martin for taking time out of his busy schedule to support us. He really is a superstar.

"My vision for Kerr’s journey is to be that of a floating body of support within Inverclyde.

" I want to unite families affected by autism, get all services working together, raise understanding and achieve the dream of an autism friendly Inverclyde.

"An autistic child will one day be an autistic adult. I want the world to be ready for Kerr and his friends to be independent. I want to play my part in making this happen."

At her launch of her charity she had the support of MSP Stuart McMillan, the health visiting team, other local autism groups and she announced her trustees which includes Morton Community chief executive Brian McLaughlin.

One of her speakers on the day was her nine-year-old daughter Abbey who told the guests about her little brother Kerr.

Laura added: "Her level of understanding and patience with him is outstanding. He connects with her like no one else."

She was also delighted to welcome backer Andrew Meek from the firm AGM.

Lady Alice Primary and Aileymill Primary were also at the launch.

Since setting up her Little Trailblazers group in Branchton Community Centre she has put in a place a series of events and activities.

Most recently she was recently awarded £5,000 from the participatory funding pot.

Another Little Trailblazers group is about to start in Auchmountain Centre on Thursday April 25 from 1pm.

Photos by Michael Young