Limerick families celebrate restoration of respite funding

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

MORE than 60 families who were receiving respite care from the Brothers of Charity have been officially informed that HSE funding has been restored for the initiative.

MORE than 60 families who were receiving respite care from the Brothers of Charity have been officially informed that HSE funding has been restored for the initiative.

THE LIMERICK Leader broke the good news on extra respite at the end of April and now the families have got the letters in the post confirming it.

“It’s over, it’s hard to believe. All the hard work was worth it,” said Sarah Hurley, Roxboro who led the campaign that has lasted just under a year.

The Brothers of Charity announced to the Leader that the HSE had agreed to increase their funding to provide one full week of respite per month as well as extra weeks respite provision over the summer period.

A long campaign has been fought to restore full respite care by the 63 families affected since it was shut down due to HSE cuts last June.

The respite house was a place for the carers and adults with intellectual disabilities to have a break. A restricted service was introduced last August thanks to the Brothers rainy day fund and fundraising.

Due to the lack of finance this meant that the service users could only get a few days a month and a maximum of three days at a time.

A spokesperson for the Brothers of Charity said earlier in 2011 the HSE agreed to fund the levels of respite that were put in place by the Brothers that was funded by fundraising income.

“The HSE has agreed to increase this funding in order to provide one full week of respite per month as well as additional weeks respite provision over the summer period.

“This is to give families the opportunity to have a holiday. Again, this is very positive and our services welcome this support,” said the spokesperson.