Grandparents’ call on council for respite care help

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John and Ann Goundrey of Leyland are being denied respite care by LCC for looking after their disabled and aggressive granddaughter
Photo Neil Cross John and Ann Goundrey of Leyland are being denied respite care by LCC for looking after their disabled and aggressive granddaughter
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Elderly grandparents claim social services have left them struggling to cope with their disabled and aggressive granddaughter.

John Goundrey, 77, and his wife Ann, 70, say they have been denied help from Lancashire County Council (LCC) for the 17-year-old who has Fragile C syndrome - which causes learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

The girl is staying with them in Golden Hill Lane, Leyland, while her mum recovers in hospital from surgery.

Mr Goundrey said: “We’re both in our 70s, my wife is not well and I’m her carer. My wife’s grandaughter has Fragile X, meaning she has learning difficulties and is aggressive.

“We can’t cope - she’s a big girl and she can throw a punch.

“She attends a special school, but with her mum being in hospital and the schools on holiday, she has had to come to us - there’s nobody else and she can’t be left alone.

“My wife’s son has her at night, but he works and there’s a lot of pressure on us all.

“We’ve tried and tried and tried with social services, but they tell us it’s family business and have suggested that Ann’s son needs to take time off work. But he can’t do that - he’s got no more leave and he’s got bills to pay like anyone else.

“All we want is some help, some respite care for her for a few hours.

When the Evening Post spoke to LCC, they said they are now looking at how help can be provided.

Linda Clegg, LCC’s director of children’s services, said: “We will be able to offer support to this family and arrange for an assessment to take place as soon as possible to see what help we can provide.

“We are reviewing procedures to ensure that appropriate levels of support are offered in the future.”