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‘Delight’ for mum whose Armagh I story prompts positive Trust response

A mother from Tandragee who last week spoke of her frustration at the loss of respite transportation for her adult daughter has again spoken to Armagh I having recently received the news she has long been waiting for.

The transportation – which had previously been in place for her disabled daughter prior to the pandemic – had ceased, she says with no explanation. Since then, she spoke of her “constant battle” to access suitable and safe transportation for her daughter to and from respite services.

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Yesterday (Thursday), we had a very different conversation with the woman who instead spoke of her “delight” after having received a phone call from the Trust on Wednesday to inform her that the previous transportation arrangements will be reinstated full time. After the much anticipated phone call the woman said she “broke down and cried.”

She also said the representative from the trust assured her that she wouldn’t have to go through “anything like this again.”

Her daughter – who is due to attend respite on March 7 – will now be taken via the bus with a harness installed for her safety.

Her mother is now very much looking forward to a week of respite safe in the knowledge that her daughter will arrive there and home again, all being well, without issue.

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