Man who slept in tent for six months found temporary home - but back with sister five days later

A MAN who slept in a tent for six months found temporary accommodation hours before the Wisbech Standard arrived in letterboxes – but today returned to his sister s house. Last week, we exclusively revealed that Asperger s sufferer Derick Turner ha

Story by: TOM JACKSON

A MAN who slept in a tent for six months found temporary accommodation hours before the Wisbech Standard arrived in letterboxes - but today returned to his sister's house.

Last week, we exclusively revealed that Asperger's sufferer Derick Turner had been sleeping in a tent in his sister Ursula Hayden's back garden in Wisbech since April.

On Thursday afternoon, after the Wisbech Standard went to press, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust found Derick temporary care at Conquest House in Farcet, a home which cares for people under 65 with mental health disorders.


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But today it emerged that Derick found it difficult to acclimatise to the new surroundings - and returned to his sister's house to sleep on the couch for a few nights.

Derick's brother-in-law Barrie Hayden described the centre as "unsuitable for his needs".

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He said: "He is back home with us now. He's got to sleep on our sofa for a couple of days and put up with me getting up at 5am to go to work."

Derick needs a family unit which provides 24-hour care. He set up the tent as a temporary measure.

Mr Hayden said he was hoping to secure funding through the mental health team at Agenoria House, in Wisbech, to cover for fresh temporary care.

But he said: "I spoke to staff at Conquest House and they were all surprised Derick was there. It's apparently costing �12,000 a week to keep him somewhere he shouldn't be."

A spokesman for the NHS Foundation Trust said Derick was found two weeks respite care at Conquest House "at short notice".

She said: "We knew it was not permanent but it solved the immediate problem of being somewhere safe and warm.

"Trying to find a place for someone with multiple and complex needs is difficult. We understand his wishes and the wishes of his family and we are working closely with them to find Derick the right place.

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