Family joy as Spalding house drama is resolved

Tasha Arnold with Rebekah Dolby's children, from left, back ' Paige (10), Harry (14); front ' George (2) and Ellie-Mai (7). SG131115-138TW
Tasha Arnold with Rebekah Dolby's children, from left, back ' Paige (10), Harry (14); front ' George (2) and Ellie-Mai (7). SG131115-138TW
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A dying Spalding mum wept tears of joy after a housing provider made her family’s life easier by agreeing to a home swap.

Rebekah Dolby (33) is too ill to climb the stairs at the L&H Homes property in Royce Road that she and her children have called home for the last four years and says it’s too small for a bed downstairs.

We are glad that we have been able to help Rebekah prepare for the future care needs of her children following the diagnosis of a terminal illness.

Anne Tomlin from L&H Homes

The mum of four moved to her mum Teresa’s home in nearby Queens Road, where she has a bed in the living room.

Rebekah, who has terminal cancer, told us she felt she had no option but to give up her own tenancy because L&H wouldn’t allow her sister Tasha Arnold to swap from an L&H house in Nottingham to the Royce Road property.

Following intervention from MP John Hayes, family friend Stewart Bradley and a story in the Lincolnshire Free Press, officials from L&H Homes, part of the Longhurst Group, visited Rebekah and her family on Monday, telling them the swap can go ahead.

Tasha said the lady who visited from L&H “was absolutely just lovely” and the news has taken a huge weight off the family’s shoulders.

It means Tasha can be on the spot to support Rebekah and Teresa – and Rebekah’s children will be able to sleep in their own beds when they stay with Tasha to give their mum and grandma a break and don’t have the added heartbreak of losing their home.

Tasha described the news as a huge relief for the whole family.

“Rebekah broke down, bless her, like proper crying,” said Tasha. “We asked her was she happy about it or was it tears of sadness and she said ‘I am just happy’. It’s less stress before Christmas with everything else going on. It’s a big relief for our mum.

“We have enough to deal with in what we are facing without minor issues that could be easily resolved.

“I am not gaining some big, posh property – I am doing what I need to do for my family – and I am giving up my house in Nottingham, which is way better than the one down here.”

Anne Tomlin, head of tenancy services at L&H Homes, said: “We are really pleased that Tasha found our neighbourhood officer to be helpful and supportive. We are glad that we have been able to help Rebekah prepare for the future care needs of her children following the diagnosis of a terminal illness.

“We appreciate the family’s comments that our actions have taken some pressure off them during this difficult time. Our officers will continue to support the family so Tasha can move to Spalding as quickly as possible.”