Aunt’s fight to grant sister’s dying wish

Shirley Telford, of Parkway North, is worried that her 17-year-old autistic nephew Lindsay may be sent back to Australia, after his Mum died, and his temporary citizen status has ran out.
Shirley Telford, of Parkway North, is worried that her 17-year-old autistic nephew Lindsay may be sent back to Australia, after his Mum died, and his temporary citizen status has ran out.
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A WORRIED aunt is fighting to make her sister’s dying wish come true – by keeping her autistic Australian grandson in Britain.

Catherine Westacott’s dying wish was that 17-year-old grandson Lindsay should live with her sister Shirley Telford in Doncaster.

But he faces being detained and deported after Shirley, who has been caring for him, was told she would need to stump up £900 – money she does not have – for his case to be reconsidered.

Catherine became Lindsay’s legal guardian after his mum – her daughter – struggled to look after him.

Catherine emigrated to Australia in 1972 but returned to her native Doncaster last year so she could be cared for following a cancer diagnosis.

Catherine, Lindsay’s grandmother and legal guardian, died from cancer aged 55, and Lindsay does not now have any family willing to look after him except Shirley.

He was given a four month visa last time he returned to the UK with his grandmother after visiting Australia with her. Shirley said it was Catherine’s dying wish in her will for her to care for Lindsay.

Ms Telford, of Parkway North, Wheatley, gave up her job and sold her home to care for her sister in her final months.

Ms Telford said: “Lindsay wouldn’t even cope on his own on the flight over to Australia and then, when he gets there, there is no-one who will look after him.”

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We are unable to comment on the specifics of this case as it involves a child. A member of our local team will be in contact with the family to explain the process to them.”