Hi - I have literally just joined the forum.
My wife and I care for our grandaughter (now 11) who has learning disabilities. We have Parental Responsibilty by virtue of court Residence Order. We live in the south west and her mum (who still has contact) lives in the north east - so quite a lot of motorway driving!
Anyone else caring for a grandchild might be interested in the Family Rights Group web site which has a discussion board for Families and Friends carers of children http://www.frg.org.uk/discussion-board-for-homepage

Grandad David