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Monday, 11 November 2013

Fighting fund for LB

The post I wrote about the death of LB, Sara's son, in an assessment and treatment unit for people with learning disabilities, is one of the most read posts from this year.

Sara's fight for justice for LB, for an independent investigation into his death, is ongoing and has had several twists and turns.  At one point the family were refused the advocate of their choice (indeed any advocate) in the investigation process, but this decision was eventually reversed.  The family came across a recent Clinical Commissioning Group’s Quality and Performance Report report on the unit which raised concerns about the way serious incidents requiring investigation (SIRIs) were investigated.  However, the Trust have now commissioned an independent investigation, much to the family's relief.

There will be an inquest into LB's death, and the family would like legal representation, in their words 'to find out exactly why LB died, and what changes should be made to ensure that no other dudes experience what he experienced.'  This costs a great deal of money, however, and as the family point out it is so unfair that 'Our son died, in the ‘care’ of the state, and we have to pay. Another example of a stinking system'.  Although they are receiving some pro bono support, it is not enough to cover the costs in full.  So they are looking to raise £10,000 towards the cost of legal representation.  If you would like to contribute, you can read more about the fighting fund for LB here, and here is the fundraising page.  You can make a donation, and/or order some cards or prints of pictures by LB, including this beautiful picture of a bus:.

One last story about the guy we're fighting for, my personal favourite - LB and the failed kebab:
“Hey LB! How did meal prep go today?”
“Not good Mum.”
“Oh. Why not?”
“I failed Mum.”
“Whaddayamean, you failed?”
“I failed Mum.”
“Why? What did you cook?”
“Kebabs Mum.”
“Oh, I don’t get it. What went wrong?”
“I didn’t have a skewer Mum.”
“Oh. Why not?”
“Dunno Mum.”
“So what did you eat for lunch?”
“Bits Mum."
If anyone has any fundraising ideas for LB that they'd like to publicise on this blog, drop me an email.


  1. Lucy,

    What does one have to do to get an official Toxicologist report. When raising safe guarding concerns regarding a bunch of unethical practitioners in my Local Authority with a Care Provider Care Manager G.P. Psychiatrist all in the name of an enablement programme. Covertly feeding my family member pharmaceutical and Medicinal drugs to incapacitate him and keep him in a perpetual state of ill health.

    I understand I have several options 1, I would need to do this privately and in a clandestine fashion.

    2, I understand From an A.E.Doctor that the blood and urine chain must not be broken.

    Surely a Top London NHS A.E. Hospital would have the capacity to do this? as I did raise safe guarding concerns.

    Can we go back to the HIPPOCRATIC OATH. and start again.

  2. Sorry but in my haste I failed to mention the second option, which would be to inform the police which one has done.....