Charity bond will give people with learning disabilities homes of their own

Mark Hogg is all too familiar with the indignities many people with learning disabilities have endured while confined to institutions. Hogg spent the best part of 20 years as a resident at Budock hospital in Cornwall, his final stretch being in its Lamorna wing – a unit shut down soon after he left in 2006 when a series of abuses including physical harm to residents and withholding food came to light.

Hogg, now 51, has complex needs. As well as a serious learning disability, he has a number of physical health problems. While at Budock he was subject to restraint and tranquillised on a number of occasions. According to his support worker, Jim Gray, who has known him since his early days at Budock, there is no doubt that moving from an institution to a place he can call his own in the community has had a transformative effect on Hogg’s wellbeing.

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