Our daughter Claire, 20, has autism. Sometimes, when Claire is anxious or stressed her behaviour can deteriorate and last year the hospital unit she was in placed her on section 3 under the Mental Health Act. Despite her not staying with us she could still see us when she wanted, and she came home to us 262 times out of 325 days where we accessed the community and we took her swimming, ate out together and she loved playing with her puppy Jonjo. She even did the Race for Life on July 27th in Swansea. It’s not always been easy but she was close to us and happy to be able to come home as regularly as she could. She and her sister and brother had a fantastic relationship here, and all care so much for each other.
At the end of July we received some news which would rip our family apart. The health board said that they didn’t have the facilities to care for Claire in Swansea anymore and moved her over 200 miles away to a unit in Brighton – that’s why we have this petition to get Claire back home in Swansea, close to her family.
It now takes us over five hours each-way to visit Claire. When we get there we are just allowed a two-hour supervised visit. It is upsetting, heartbreaking and completely exhausting, especially for Claire’s brother and sister.