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Balby couple faced with dreadful dilemma

Carol and Len Murden, of Balby with their son Carl fear that they might have to put Carl into residental care if their care centre closes. Picture: Andrew Roe

Carol and Len Murden, of Balby with their son Carl fear that they might have to put Carl into residental care if their care centre closes. Picture: Andrew Roe

A couple fear they may be forced to put their disabled son into a residential home because of cuts to care services.

Carol and Len Murden take their son Carl, 35, to Conisbrough Social Education Centre five days a week to enjoy activities. But Doncaster Council is set to close the facility to help meet £109 million of funding cuts.

Mr and Mrs Murden say they may be left with the dilemma of putting their son, who has Down’s syndrome, autism and epilepsy, into a care home because they may not be able to cope without the support offered at the centre.

Their concerns come as a 13, 000 name petition was handed into the council against the cuts this week.

Mrs Murden, 68, of Madingley Close, Balby, said: “Carl is often up all night, he gets upset and does not sleep sometimes. We have to stay up with him.

“When he goes to the centre during the day that is when we sleep. If it closes then I don’t know what we will do. We might have to look at residential care for him. That would be heartbreaking because we love him to bits. But I just don’t know how we would cope.”

Mr Murden, a retired project manager at Wabtec Rail, said the 120 place unit is a lifeline for many families.

The 70-year-old, who has had two heart bypass operations, added: “This has caused us huge stress.”

The Conisbrough centre is one of four across Doncaster which are earmarked for closure.

Joan Beck, director of adults and communities, said a public consultation has just been completed on the proposals.

She said residents will still get access to care services but this might de delivered from an alternative location and in a different way.

She said: “This consultation is about the modernisation of the service and a rationalisation of the current buildings used, for day services.

“It is not about stopping services as people will still receive the level of care they need. People who use the service are being consulted and will be supported, whatever the outcome.

“A report will then be presented to the mayor and cabinet in June 2014, to consider these proposals and take a final decision.”

 

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