Bus firm comes to boy’s res­cue

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

MY son, who lives in Parn­well, did not get a place at his lo­cal school with his brother, who at­tends Thomas Dea­con Academy.

The city coun­cil de­cided to place him at the Voy­ager Academy in Wal­ton, which is two bus rides away, which the city coun­cil pays for.

He is happy at the school and does not mind hav­ing to leave at 7.25am with a lot of other chil­dren who live in Parn­well to catch a bus be­cause of not be­ing able to get a place at the lo­cal sec­ondary school.

The prob­lem I have is with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

My son had rang me to say he had lost his bus pass.

He man­aged to get to school, so he must have dropped it on the Wer­ring­ton bus or the walk up to­wards the school.

This par­tic­u­lar day I had to take the day off work as my older son, who at­tends Thomas Dea­con Academy, was not very well.

So my worry was how was I go­ing to get my son home from Voy­ager Academy when Ido not drive?

So I rang Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil who ba­si­cally told me “not our prob­lem; you would have to sort it”.

As you can imag­ine, I was not very happy here.

I would have an 11-yearold stranded at the Voy­ager Academy and the city coun­cil was not will­ing to help.

All I was ad­vised was that I would need to get a re­place­ment bus pass.

This did not help as I still had to get my son home some­how.

I rang Stage­coach buses who were so much more help­ful than the city coun­cil.

The lady on the end of the phone said that I needed to ring the school to let my son know that he needed to ask the bus driver for a non-col­lected bus ticket, and this would en­able him to get home and I would get an in­voice for the cost of a day rider.

I would not have had this prob­lem if my son had got a place at his lo­cal sec­ondary school. Most chil­dren who live right in the lo­cal Parn­well area who at­tend the lo­cal pri­mary school do not get places at the lo­cal sec­ondary school .

Now if I was at work to­day, I dread to think what could have hap­pened as it took me the best part of 40 min­utes to make sure my son got home safe.

I won­der how many other par­ents have had this prob­lem? And how un­help­ful Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has been.

All I can say is, well done Stage­coach buses for be­ing so help­ful. As for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, what can I say?

A very un­happy mum

SA­MAN­THA HEMRAJ

Parn­well , Peter­bor­ough

DRESS­ING Gown Day is a new fund-rais­ing event launched by Ac­tion for ME, the UK’S lead­ing char­ity for peo­ple with the chronic, dis­abling ill­ness ME and their car­ers.

We are ask­ing schools, uni­ver­si­ties, shops and of­fices to get in­volved and help us raise aware­ness – and funds – for ME by pay­ing to spend the day in their dress­ing gown.

It’s a fun event with a se­ri­ous side, sym­bol­is­ing how thou­sands of peo­ple with ME are so de­bil­i­tated by fa­tigue, pain and other very dis­tress­ing symp­toms that they can’t even get dressed or leave the house.

May is In­ter­na­tional ME Aware­ness Month – but you can hold a Dress­ing Gown Day at any time. For an in­for­ma­tion pack, in­clud­ing bal­loons, stick­ers and Dress­ing Gown Day posters, e-mail ge­or­gia@ ac­tion­forme.org.uk, or call 0117 930 7293.

SIR PETER SPENCER Chief ex­ec­u­tive,

Ac­tion for ME, Can­ning­ford House,

Vic­to­ria Street, Bris­tol BS1 6BY

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