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Carers of disabled lose respite due to lack of funding

Carers of disabled lose respite due to lack of funding

The mother of a disabled teenager has hit out a decision to stop funding to an out of school club in the Magherafelt area. She claims the service is a lifeline for parents who are often at breaking point. The money for the club comes from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and costs around eighty thousand pounds a year. The Barnardo’s charity says it’s one of seven projects for children being cut this year. Julie McCullough reports.

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Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

By nadia stone nadia.stone@glosmedia.co.uk

DESPERATE carers who look after disabled children are devastated their only respite could be cruelly snatched away.

Tanya Cook cares for her 16-year-old son Jack who has a condition called tuberous sclerosis.

This means he has tumours in his brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys, as well as uncontrolled epilepsy and autism.

She has to help dress, shower and toilet him, as well as checking on him throughout the night because he frequently has seizures.

Herself unwell, the Quedgeley mum is “so exhausted” that she relies on The Meadows, in Dudbridge, Stroud, a home where Jack stays one night a week, to give her one night of rest each week.

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