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Red Cross decision to shut Lady Lawley Cottage leaves families struggling to find respite care

Key points: The Red Cross announced in May it was shutting Lady Lawley Cottage There are concerns families have been left without similar care options Eight organisations have expressed interest in leasing the site Peta and Francis Kennedy are resilient but exhausted. Since the Red Cross announced in May it was permanently shutting its high-needs respite care unit for children in Perth, they have not been able to find an equivalent disability service to provide the specialised care their 12-year-old son Thallaich needs and have a desperately-needed break. "We've been really struggling just with lack of sleep and the overwhelming care," Ms Kennedy said. Thallaich has autism, is largely non-verbal, suffers from epilepsy and needs around-the-clock medical care. Thallaich's family...

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