Campaigner disappointed over FAS compo ruling

Pic posed by model of a woman drinking while pregnant and (below) Gloria Armistead

Pic posed by model of a woman drinking while pregnant and (below) Gloria Armistead

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A WIGAN campaigner has reacted to the “disappointing” Court of Appeal decision not to grant victim of crime compensation to a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome.

Gloria Armistead, who established charity FAS Aware, said she had expected the ruling but was disappointed the now seven-year-old girl will not be given this form of financial aid.

Gloria Armistead

Gloria Armistead

Appeal judges decided on Thursday the mother had not committed a criminal offence by drinking during pregnancy. Her daughter was born severely brain damaged.

Lawyers acting on behalf of an unnamed local authority had applied for the compensation.

Gloria, who received an MBE earlier this year for her campaigning on FAS issues, said: “I don’t want mothers who drink to be branded criminals but there are funding cuts everywhere and this money could have provided support for this youngster.

“There will be lots of families out there who will have been waiting for this ruling who care for youngsters and adults with FAS. Could you imagine the ripple effect if this had been granted?

“All I want is the support to be there for children suffering with these conditions.”

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (FRIDAY) ...