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Cornish Respite Centre Decision

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:50am 29th January 2014

It is decision D-day for two Cornish children's homes.

St Christopher's in Redruth and Lowenna Redwing in Truro are earmarked for closure as the Council tries to save cash.

At the moment they offer respite to almost 40 children and their families, including Illogan teenager Gabriel Judge.

He is autistic and dad Simon told Pirate FM closure will hit the whole family: "Respite is necessary for the children and for the parents. Potentially there is a risk that some children could end up in care because these breaks are used by the parents to recharge their batteries to do things that other parents find the norm.

"If they do close the service one: they're going to marginalise the children affected because they are going to say that these children will need to be re-assessed. The other reason is the additional travel to get to wherever else they want to provide the short stay.

"Children with autism and disabilities take a long time to make friends, they take a long time to trust people and going to these centres is the only place they can socialise. Places like St Christopher's are necessary. They need it. They can't go out to the park and socialise."

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