Help us protect respite funding. Learn more about our Give me a break Campaign.

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Stephen’s story

Stephen turned 50 in April. He has Cerebral Palsy and has had thirteen breaks with us since 2009. He is cared for by his aunt who is 55 and an unpaid carer – she is not able to get funding from the local authority as she doesn’t live with him.

When her sister died, Stephen’s auntie continued to care and support him. She works as Stephen’s carer every day from 5:30 am to 8:00 pm. Due to the level of support Stephen requires, there should also be another carer supporting her during this time. She gets no respite, not even a day off.  She also works in a cafe a few days a week to top up to make ends meet and pay her mortgage.

Stephen’s carer, his auntie, feels let down by local authorities. 

She feels ignored and let down by everyone – almost invisible, and she has previously asked for support from her MP. She just wants to be heard!

Stephen’s auntie promised her dying sister that she would always make sure he was OK and her life has been on hold ever since. She has got no one to go to, no other person to fight for him. She has her own family who have been impacted by her caring responsibilities, her thirteen-year-old grandson lives with her as well.

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