Parents battle to save respite care

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PARENTS fighting to save a respite centre for disabled children are warning its closure would be “devastating” for families.

Alexandra House is one of eight centres across the county under threat of closure as Lancashire County Council seeks savings of £179m over the next three years.

The centre in Westbourne Drive, which opened 25 years ago, provides short breaks for young people with severe learning and physical disabilities and can accommodate up to five children overnight, giving parents much-needed respite.

Fundraising pays for activities like going to the cinema, to concerts and for lunch.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-02-11) for full story.