Burnley parents join respite care protest

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PARENTS of some of Burnley’s most vulnerable children joined protests against proposed cuts to respite care homes.

Fears are that families in the town could be plunged into crisis if any of the East Lancashire homes – including Reedley Cottages – are closed by the County Council.

Burnley mums and dads joined group of parents in protest outside Accrington Town Hall to plea for mercy against the axe of care services which they say provide a “vital” lifeline.

Marie Kirk (50), of Windermere Avenue, who has to give round-the-clock care to her severely autistic son Jamie (11) is terrified she will lose him.

“Before I was offered respite I was in deep desperation. If we lose it I will end up not being able to cope and have to put him in care.

“It is a lifeline that we need. It is a very real need. If any of the homes are closed it will be a disaster. “We all save the Government millions of pounds in care bills. All we are asking for is very, very little.”