Mijas council saves the day


Mijas Council has stepped in to help stranded school girl Vanessa who has been unable to travel to school due to an illness and family financial worries.

Living eight kilometres away from her school and with no immediate bus routes from the 14-year-old’s home and her school, Vanessa had no means to travel there and back; her family have financial issues leaving them unable to pay for a taxi ride to and from home and school which would tot-up €10 each way, €100 a week; the family car had broken down and was not roadworthy, Vanessa’s family strapped for cash in these difficult times are not in a position to have the car fixed or buy another to replace it.

A Mijas official telephoned the family at 11.30am on Wednesday September 23 and spoke to Vanessa’s father explaining that they would help his daughter to travel to and from school.

Vanessa who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy is unable to walk more than a few metres with the assistance of another offering support.

The family are in receipt of €190 a month from the State and every cent is accounted for.

Mijas stepped in after hearing of the schoolgirl’s situation through local media. A municipal source said: “The bottom line is that the child can go to school.”

Mijas Council have agreed with Radio Taxi Mijas to send a vehicle that “will take her and pick her up from school every day temporarily.”

Vanessa is reported as being ‘very happy’ to be returning to school.

The councillor for Education Mijas, Lourdes Burgos, since learning of the situation has since sent a letter to ‘Alba’ asking for action as soon as possible to resolve this issue.

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