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'Please leave her be' - a daughter's appeal to cash-strapped council
DORIS AYRE served her country during World War Two. She cared for her mother and father in their final days. Now aged 93 all she wants to do is live her life in peace.
But Mrs Ayre's daughter, Pauline Robinson, fears budget cuts may deny her mum the right to stay in the care home she loves.
The frail pensioner, who has suffered a heart attack and has failing sight, lives in Newtown House, one of the five care homes which could be closed by Durham County Council.
Today Mrs Robinson is appealing to the authority to keep the home open, believing it could further damage the health of her mother who has suffered several falls.
The pensioner, a former sergeant with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War and a former full-time carer for her own late mother and husband, is one of 83 older people in the county who may have to move into private sector accommodation should the homes close.
Durham County Council, which is to also consider handing over the homes to other organisations, claims the cost of caring for the residents does not represent value for money.
But Mrs Robinson, who already lives almost ten miles away from the home in Stanhope and fears she may no longer be able to visit regularly should her mother be moved further away, said: “Please leave things as they are. These people are very vulnerable. They have given an awful lot to this country and they deserve better in their old age.”
The five homes – the others being the recently vacated Cheveley House, in Belmont, Feryemount, in Ferryhill, Grampian House, in Peterlee and Mendip House in Chester-le-Street – are set to be subject to a three-month consultation after which a time a decision will be made about their future.
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