A mother has been fined £100 for spending nine minutes in a holding bay while taking her severely disabled son to respite care.
Widow Charlotte Cheshire, 44, had to stay with Adam, 11, longer than planned because his carer was stuck in traffic.
She decided to wait rather than load him back into the car because he would have suffered a violent collapse and hurt her if he thought his day at the Inflata Nation inflatable theme park would have been cancelled.
Charlotte, from Newport, Shropshire, told The Mirror: “Adam is my baby, I adore him but he’s a big kid.
“If he gets upset I won’t get away without bruising so I try to control everything I can. I’m constantly on the alert.
“I had parked thinking we would be gone in 10 minutes. I had prepared Adam for ‘now blue car, next supervisor, then play’.
“If I had tried to put him back in the car after the waiting time was up for a loop around the center to another seat, a major meltdown would have ensued with certain injuries for me.”
Adam was left severely disabled at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust after he was born and requires 24-hour support.
Charlotte said the caregiver offered her a few hours of respite so she wouldn’t have to support her son alone as her husband passed away in 2020.
She accepted being parked in the bay for more than 10 minutes, but urged the parking company to have “a little compassion.”
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Charlotte added: “I honestly thought my blue badge meant we were getting longer, we never left near the car, we didn’t go on a sneaky shopping spree.
“If you haven’t lived with a disabled person, you just don’t get it.”
Charlotte pays privately for Adam’s care while the family awaits an assessment in their new area after the move.
She added: “The break gives me time to breathe, time to shop, just do the everyday things I can’t do with him.
“Sometimes it’s just time to rest.
“I love Adam to pieces but he’s incredibly hard work, not just the physical things like changing diapers, it’s the constant fight or flight mode planning what’s going to happen next.
“Respite gives me that little bit of strength to keep going.”
Smart Parking canceled her fine when approached.
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