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From Deb Aspland and friends:

Paula Rawnsley’s 20-year-old son Thomas is in hospital on a life support machine.  Thomas was taken there on Monday morning after suffering a heart attack in the specialist unit in Sheffield where he had been held against his and his family’s wishes under an order from the Court of Protection.  His family live in Bradford, 45 miles and one hour’s drive away.  Thomas’ mother Paula (his main carer and advocate) doesn’t drive.

Paula and Thomas

Thomas has survived pneumonia twice in the past and is very vulnerable to chest infections. He had a chest infection again recently and Paula had raised the alarm about this several times in the week prior to his heart attack, as she feared another bout of pneumonia.  She had been asking for a chest X-ray because his coughing and wheezing were so bad.  The concerns she raised appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

There has been a lot of discussion amongst Paula’s friends and supporters – lots of people saying this cannot be allowed to happen again, asking what can be done..…..we know of other young people this has happened to and is still happening to, despite all the concordats and reports that bluster on about the need for change, but do nothing.

Therefore we will seek funding through Bringing Us Together to pilot a ‘Justice Squad’ – a team of people with a co-ordinator who can come together around a family whose child/young person is in crisis and detained against their will – to provide whatever support is needed and is feasible.

It will take some time to get this in place and it doesn’t help us to help Paula and her family right now, so we need your help.

So that we can help Paula and her family right now, please can you make a donation to this page.

The funds raised will be dedicated specifically for Paula and her family – to fund any costs associated with getting justice for Thomas e.g. legal advice, attending meetings etc.  If funds are not needed or there are excess funds, we will apply them to the next family of a child/young person in crisis and detained against their will and needing help.

Please help us to help Paula, Thomas and family – we can’t do it without you.

Please note that Go Fund Me takes 7.4% of all donations.

Katie, Zoe and Debs.