In their own words..

Respite is a necessity not a luxury by Charlotte, age 15

'Like the world had been lifted from your shoulders' - a sibling's story

Lucky Boy - A Lancashire mother writes about the birth of her son, his diagnosis of Autism and some of the difficulties they faced.

A sibling's story - in this piece from 2006 a brother tells of how important respite at Maplewood House was for him.

"The price of this financial crisis is being borne by people who absolutely did not cause it," Governor of the Bank of England