Petition update

Happy New Year ! A 2017 filled with hope

Adele Hanlon
Bristol, ENG, United Kingdom

Dec 31, 2016 — First we would like to wish each and everyone a Very Happy New Year.
New year is a great time to look back and reflect on the year gone by. A year we have shared with you all. A year of your magnificent support.
We are so grateful for every signature , message , positive thought,prayer and best wishes that you have all sent.
2016 has certainly been a "year to remember"
We never imagined such support when setting up the petition and it has truly overwhelmed the whole family.

This is the 1st year we actually have hope to get our boy home to Bristol. Not having him home for the 4th Christmas was incredibly difficult, but knowing how much things have moved towards getting him home to Bristol has certainly helped to get us through what we hope will be the LAST ever Christmas without Eddie !

Many meetings for Eddie have been happening and we have been given hope as Bristol Local Authority have said they hope to have a bespoke placement for Eddie by June 2017.
It feels a life time away , but that time will pass very quickly as it will be filled with more meetings and teams of people putting together the "right" bespoke package to meet Eddies needs.

We had our Christmas visit with Eddie a few days before Christmas, for part of our visit we were joined by the BBC's The One Show.
The show have been following us for a few months now as we share how hard it is travelling so far to see our son, the meetings and planning involved in getting him back to Bristol and showing how the lack of local provision causes many complex issues for both Eddie and our family.
The piece is due to go out early January. The crew were simply lovely and Eddie really enjoyed time with them. It's great that they are helping to raise awareness of situations like ours on a national platform.

As always it was so lovely to spend precious time with Eddie, exchanging gifts and hugs, but as always it is so hard to leave.

But now we leave with hope , and all because of you amazing people !!!

Have a truly wonderful 2017
And thank you all for making our 2016 a memorable year for all the right reasons


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