Weʼre raising £360,000 to Buy a house, so we do not become homeless.
- Essex, United Kingdom
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Hi, my name is Donna; and I am married to Zec, we have been married for 25 years, together for 31 years. We have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Life has been numerous ups & downs, we wanted, like many others, to get onto the property ladder, in 1996, we were actually in the process of doing this, but in one fail swoop, my husband was admitted to cardiac care, rushed to London Chest Hospital, but after numerous tests, was diagnosed with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), this was a huge shock for us and obviously we could no longer proceed with the purchase of the house. He lost his job and I ended up being his carer.
From that day onwards, life has been a constant battle, with my husbands health deteriorating, this has been in many ways, where he has ended up having 14 surgeries, and that now he is a full time wheelchair user, he suffers with ME, Osteoarthritis, Complex regional pain syndrome & suffers chronic pain 24/7. He is on so much medication, it is ridiculous.
The reason that we are asking for your help, is that we have moved 16 times, this is due to having to rent properties, as with what is happening to numerous people, the landlords decide to sell, so you have no choice but to move. My husband is unable to shower very often due to his pain levels & having a bath with shower over, my husband struggles to do this, we are unable to make things easier for him, for example; a wet room, as this can not be done due to renting.
Well unfortunately, we are now at a very difficult situation. We rent a bungalow, which is not ideal for my husband in his wheelchair, but he just about manages, we are lucky that the rooms are a good size for manoeuvrability, we also have a good size garden, which helps my husband a lot, as he is unable to go out much. He has actually only left the house 3 times in one year, that is the norm, not related to Covid.
If he has half a day in the garden, he will have a flare up and be stuck indoors for a week, but he says it is worth it.
We have lived in our bungalow for 8 years now, we have lovely neighbours, we are happy with the area, our children & grandchildren are local for support, our landlord has not put up the rent in the 8 years of us living here, which is lovely of him, but even though that is the case, we still struggle to get the rent, it is paid every month, but we struggle doing it, we have to use my husbands pip money to go towards it. Anyhow, our landlord has asked us to move into his mums bungalow; however, after talking to his mum, this would not be possible, as she said my husband would not even get down the hallway in his wheelchair.
So; our landlord has mentioned about how much he could actually get per month for this bungalow, so he is thinking about either putting the rent up, which we could not afford, so would have to move out, or selling the bungalow, again, which would mean we would have to move out. Well, firstly, we can not afford to move, secondly, we can not find a property who would accept a wheelchair user, a property where my husband could get around in a wheelchair, a property that would accept two small dogs, a property that would accept benefits etc... and a property that we could afford to rent. Plus, the mental stress of all this would not be good for my husbands mental health, which is not good anyway.
We have tried through the council, but they can only offer either a flat, which is no good because of dogs and access, or sheltered housing, which again is not suitable for dogs and they are extremely small, so he could not move around in his wheelchair.
So unfortunately, I am now in the position where I have to stop being ashamed; and embarrassed by asking for donations to help us buy our bungalow off our landlord, so we do not have the stress and worry, and eminent homelessness. I do not know what to do, but ask for your help. I do understand that there are millions of people in the same situation, but that does not lessen what is going on with us. I want to be able to care for my husband without the constant pressure and stress involved by getting that scary phone call from our landlord.
So please, even a small donation to help us achieve this, or please share with your friends, family, followers etc
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