Anne Hegerty from ITV’s The Chase has been praised by a national autism group for her bravery in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after she took part in a gruelling Bushtucker trial.
Despite quitting the trail, which saw Hegerty locked in tanks as she was covered in slime and creepy crawlies, viewers questioned Anne’s wellbeing after the game.
Responding to the comments on social media Anne’s uncle Richard told the Daily Mail: "I know she will find it difficult, but we are all rooting for her.
"It is very much out of her comfort zone and, to be honest, I am surprised that she agreed to go on the show.
"We do wish her well, but given what I have heard, it could all be a bit too much for her. It will be very hard and, I think, we have seen that already. I really do hope she will be okay."
Hegerty won over viewers earlier this week when she openly spoke about her condition with her fellow campers.
Carol Povey from the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism said: "We've loved seeing the outpouring of support for Anne Hegerty.
"We hope this will be the start of better representation of autistic women in the media and help everyone understand the diversity of autism. It's unlikely most people will be covered in slime and bugs in everyday life but I'm a Celebrity highlights how small and unexpected changes can be overwhelming and distressing for many autistic people.
"There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK. But public understanding of autism is nowhere near as good as it should be – especially the often unique experiences of autistic women and girls. Anne should be incredibly proud of what she has already achieved on I'm a Celebrity, by talking about her diagnosis so openly, she is raising awareness of autism and bringing the discussion to a mainstream audience.
"Every autistic person is different. You can find out more about the autism spectrum and what it can mean to be autistic by visiting the National Autistic Society website."
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here is on ITV, nightly at 9pm.
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