Disabled mum appeals for help to enable her daughter to attend school
PUBLISHED: 07:15 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:21 15 March 2018
A 10-year-old Weston girl has been unable to attend school for a month as her disabled mum cannot get her there.
Tracy Sanday, who lives in Upper Church Road, is in a wheelchair so she cannot get back up the hill after taking her daughter Summer to Walliscote Primary School.
There is no bus which could take her, Tracy cannot afford taxi fares and they are not eligible for travel assistance from North Somerset Council because they live less than two miles away.
Tracy said: “I am unable to get Summer to school due to my medical condition which prevents me from walking more than a few metres.
“I also don’t know anyone in the area who is willing to take summer to school.
“I simply cannot afford taxis to and from school at a cost of £50 per week as I only get minimum benefit money.
“There are no buses which run from my address to Walliscote school either.
“I feel these are exceptional circumstances and Summer is missing out on important years of education.”
Tracy and her family moved to Weston from Turkey, where she went for treatment, but she has recently been confined to a wheelchair.
Her daughter Summer also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which had improved while she was at school.
Tracy said: “She’s really upset she hasn’t been able to go to school.
“When she was going regularly we were getting lots of support and she was really improving and looking forward to going to school.
“Now this has happened and she’s reverted back again.
“I can’t believe there isn’t any help available. Something needs to be done. She has a right to an education.”
Gail Matter, acting headteacher at Walliscote Primary School said: “We are working with North Somerset Council and the education welfare officer to try to solve this issue as soon as possible.
“Unfortunately we don’t have the facilities or the resources to pick the child up.
“What we need is for Summer to be in school and we will continue to support the family in any way we can.”
The family is appealing against North Somerset Council’s decision not to provide travel assistance.