It’s hard to put a price on the value of a family home – not a monetary value, but the value to the person who lives there.
For Wendy Kirkby it’s priceless.
She’s lived in her Gosport home for 50 years.
Her mum lived there, her nan lived there, it’s the place she’s lived her life.
But now she faces losing it in a dispute with Gosport Borough Council.
Sadly, Wendy had part of her leg amputated after developing a blood clot.
It’s left her with severe mobility problems and her house needs upgrading to the tune of £16,000.
But the council in Gosport has a ceiling payment of £10,000 and Wendy has no money to pay for the rest.
So the council has suggested she move out into a bungalow.
Wendy, understandably, is disappointed, upset, and unwilling to move.
We understand it’s a difficult situation.
Obviously, councils are spending taxpayers’ money so have to account for what they do, so having a spending limit is understandable.
But surely sometimes, human kindness should override strict rules?
Surely there’s a way, whether fewer renovations are done or the cost is kept below the threshold, that something can be done to keep Wendy in the home she so clearly loves.
She has the support of her local councillor Peter Chegwyn and we echo that.
Wendy’s daughter Natasha says movingly that her mum would rather die that move out.
It’s a shocking thing to say but one that truly drills home the message.
We can only hope someone is listening to this desperate cry for help and steps in to make sure the work gets done.