October 25, 2021


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‘Time running out’ to reunite and house family with four-year-old daughter receiving end of life care

A solitary mom from Bishop’s Stortford is desperately hoping East Herts Council (EHC) will discover her a property so that her three small children, a person of whom is obtaining end-of-lifestyle care, can be reunited.

Natalie Hill, 37, had been residing in a privately-rented two-bed room home in Hockerill, but after lengthy delays acquiring the heating and scorching water fixed and a crack-in, she moved in with her mother, Sue, on the Haver’s estate on the information of wellbeing people who considered the flat unsuitable for the small children. She has considering the fact that been serviced found on the flat by the landlord.

But her four-yr-outdated daughter, Freya, who suffers from the everyday living-restricting mind condition Polymicrogyria, lives apart from the relatives and Natalie explained “time was running out” for them to all be alongside one another after yet again.

Queens Crescent, Bishop’s Stortford. Natalie Hills with Mum Sue Hills and sons Reggie and Jack. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52024204)

The youngster also has epilepsy, is deaf and blind, has breathing and kidney problems and is fed via a tube, necessitating 16 hrs-a-working day treatment. She presently lives with her father in Clacton, even though Natalie’s two boys, Jack, seven, and Reggie Ray, 18 months, keep with her.

And whilst Natalie has a courtroom order for shared residency of her daughter, without having a dwelling, this can not start and she has been advised by EHC that she does not have more than enough points to qualify for crisis housing.

Natalie’s mum, Sue, stated: “Time is managing out. No-one particular appreciates how long Freya has still left, specially with he rare brain problem Polymicrogyria. Freya is incredibly sick and has invested most her existence in hospitals. She is peg fed with a micky button, has no higher muscle tone so she can not keep her head, walk or chat.

“We as a household have to have to make important memories, but with no a suited home the family members is torn apart. Housing have given so very little factors to bid, even with intense instances.”

Natalie explained she fled from her family members household in Colchester thanks to domestic abuse and while Freya had constantly been in her treatment, the flat she ended up renting via Harlow-primarily based letting brokers, Nickolds, was not suitable for her daughter. “I approached East Herts and spelled out the predicament exactly where I was advised I didn’t qualify for the reason that Freya wouldn’t be listed here forever – they did not want to residence me mainly because Freya gets palliative care. There were not in the the very least bit empathetic, there was no compassion revealed.

“My young children are missing worthwhile time with their sister, but simply because I do not have ample details, it is not an unexpected emergency. I have no exterior area for Jack, who is below the psychological wellness team at seven decades aged and we are residing with my mum in her 3 bed room home with myself, my youngsters, and my brother and all of our psychological health is suffering.”

She added: “I could have a cellphone get in touch with tomorrow or in a yr about Freya and being her key carer and watching her go via almost everything with only possessing get in touch with on a Saturday is unacceptable and it is destroying us as a family members.

“My toddler, who is a single, has not bought a bond with his sister and may perhaps hardly ever have. I am just inquiring for a 3 bed room house so the carers can occur in and appear right after my daughter and for Jack to have his individual room so that when lifestyle would seem far too substantially, he has his very own space to go. I just sense so helpless.”

Stortford MP Julie Marson and district councillor Terence Beckett (All Saints Ward) have taken up her case and EHC confirmed this 7 days it was investigating.

Claimed an EHC spokesperson: “Though we can not give facts of particular scenarios, we can ensure that when anyone turns into homelessness for the reason that they can no for a longer time are living in their non-public rented accommodation, the council will function with the family to help them into substitute housing.

“Our housing workforce can present advice, concur a personalized housing prepare and, in some scenarios, supply non permanent accommodation although for a longer time-term lodging can be found. Our team is continuing to get the job done intently with Ms Hill to aid her with residing situation. We would inspire anybody who finds them selves in a related place to test our web page for more data and assistance – www.eastherts.gov.united kingdom/housing/homeless-or-threatened-homelessness”

Cllr Beckett reported the housing crew would be doing all it could to support Natalie. “I know the team have been actively involved with the spouse and children and that social treatment is involved as perfectly. They are a good crew and will do all the things they can to support her. If the predicament will get to a disaster stage, then we would put her in short-term lodging, she is not going to be living on the streets with her young children.”