Balloons highlight Hull girl’s plight

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Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The plight of a Hull teenager who has been separated from her family to be treated for mental health difficulties has been highlighted by a mass balloon release.

Sally Burke released 101 blue balloons to mark the number of days since her autistic daughter Maisie Shaw left for Sheffield for treatment.

Mrs Burke has to make the 120-mile round trip to see her 13-year-daughter after a nearby resident unit in Hessle was closed in 2013.

This meant that children with mental health difficulties have no beds locally.

Thousands of Hull people have put their name to petitions calling for a round-the-clock service in the city.

As it stands, there is nowhere for Maisie to go for instant help if she suffers a relapse when she comes home at weekends.

The teenager has suffered severe issues after her father’s death two years ago.

The Hull Clinical Commissioning Group said that children who need expert help are often expected to travel further to get the correct treatment.

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Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by The News Editor

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