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Families of children with disabilities in the West say
they'll lose a vital lifeline if local respite centres
Four short break centres in Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire might have
Dozens of families would be affected.
Now a campaign's begun to keep them open.
Hey, alright young man, what you doing?
Gary Howe and his son Shay are close.
A single parent, Gary's been his sole carer for years.
They found support here, at Beaumonds, an overnight respite
centre for young people with disabilities in Bath.
Shay's been coming every week for 12 years.
He gets to socialise with friends giving Gary a break and valuable
struggled, there is no denying that. struggled, there is no denying that.
I know I would have. He will say to me that I do a fantastic job and
that a lot of people would walk away, while that was never going to
be an option. But it been extremely difficult. -- it would have been.
But Beaumonds could soon close -
along with three similar centres in Melksham, Chippenham and
Swindon, all run by the charity Quarriers.
Staff face redundancy but their concern
the families - their lives will be changed so completely and they don't
The Scottish charity said they can no longer afford to run and that
they are working with charities in the hope to take over but if they
can't then the charities will close by the end of September.
Gary and other families have met with their local MP
in their campaign to keep Beaumonds open.
Now nearly 21, Shay will soon be too old for the respite centre.
But Gary says it's vital other families continue to get the same
Madeleine Ware, BBC Points West, Bath
The M5 remains closed southbound in Gloucestershire this evening
following a lorry fire earlier this lunchtime.
Motorists faced several hour long delays after a truck carrying
hay bales caught light between junctions 13 and 14
for Dursley and Stroud at around one o'clock.
Recovery work will continue into this evening.
Two lanes of the northbound carridgeway are also closed.
After nearly a week of disruption for commuters the line
between Westbury and Castle Cary has now been reopened.
Bus services had to replace trains after services from the West
to London were severely disrupted when freight train
Network Rail is investigating the cause of the incident.
It was a disappointing defeat for Bath away
The home side ran in eight tries to hammer Bath at Allianz Park.
Bath could only manage a first-half try through Anthony Watson
as they suffered their third straight defeat.
Despite the sunshine and support it wasn't the best day
It was a disappointing result for the 4,000 Bristol Rovers fans
Their play-off hopes were dented as they were beaten 1-0 at bottom
A better day for Swindon as substitute Conor Thomas scored
a dramatic stoppage-time winner to end Millwall's
Thomas blasted home for the Robins in the 94th
In league two Yeovil Town threw a 3-0 lead away to draw 3-3
against promotion chasing Exeter at St James' Park.
On loan striker Shayon Harrison scored his first goal in senior
football, with Francois Zoko and Alex Lacey
giving them a commanding lead, before they conceded 3 goals
Cheltenham opened the scoring when Danny Wright latched
onto Billy Waters' flick on and clipped the ball
The Robins almost doubled their lead when Stephens misjudged
Carl Winchester's free-kick and the ball came back
But Barnet then scored three times in nine minutes
It's been a glorious Mothering Sunday
Our cameraman John Samuels filmed these lovely pictures
at Stanton Drew stone circle in Somerset.
A beautiful day to mark the first day of British Summer time.
With the forecast now here's Bee Tucker.
We have had another beautiful day today, it has
Plenty of sunshine, still rather breezy
anything like the past few nights that freeze will continue into
Largely clear skies, we could see some some shallow
Similar temperatures to last night, five or 6 degrees.
It will feel quite want my, they're after, we will see it staying warm
but there will be the risk of some showers. As we go through the week
the showers are likely to be heavy with the risk of some thunder as
well. Have a good evening. Thank you, another nice day for tomorrow.
That's all from the Points West team for now.
We're back in the late news but for now have a lovely evening.
For the first time this year, the temperature reached 20 Celsius, the
highest recorded in Highland Scotland, lovely picture from
earlier on. We have seen more cloud around today, mostly thin, high
cloud, but some coming from the near continent, we are seeing more
spilling in from the North Sea, so some changes