Double blow faces charity for disabled

L to R Mayfield House managers.'Richard Heywood, Operations Manager of Mayfield Trust, Lynda Gibson Manager Gibraltar Road nursing home and Celia Mason acting manager Mayfield House
L to R Mayfield House managers.'Richard Heywood, Operations Manager of Mayfield Trust, Lynda Gibson Manager Gibraltar Road nursing home and Celia Mason acting manager Mayfield House

A CHARITY that helps the disabled faces a double financial hit.

The Mayfield Trust is waiting to hear how Calderdale Council cuts will affect it

Mayfield Trust client Irene Mary Hunter with care worker Darren Balmforth and Steve Cannon manager of Ferncliffe Care home.

Mayfield Trust client Irene Mary Hunter with care worker Darren Balmforth and Steve Cannon manager of Ferncliffe Care home.

The trust’s clients already face a drastic reduction in living allowances after Government cutbacks were announced.

It is expected 4,600 people who claim the allowance in Calderdale will no longer receive it from April 2012.

Next year the charity will mark its 60th anniversary but staff worry it could be the last they celebrate.

Operations manager Richard Heywood said: “Any reduction is going to have an effect.

“The worst it could be is that it really does affect the viability of the charity for the years to come.”

Acting manager of Mayfield House Celia Mason said: “The vast majority of the population will probably not understand or care about the hardship that people with learning difficulties face but they’re a group of people who can’t fight for themselves.”

Those in residential care homes who receive Disability Living Allowance will see their personal income more than halved, said Lynda Gibson, manager of Gibraltar Road nursing home.

“I have six people who have Motability- funded cars and each one is going to have to go back. If they have got to go to the doctor’s or need shopping they won’t have transport.”

MP Linda Riordan, who visited Mayfield House, said: “This is an outrageous Government cut on some of the most vulnerable people.

“This will adversely affect many people in Halifax and I find it appalling.”

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