Grandmother living in Rainham hostel pleads for house move for disabled grandson’s sake

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:37 09 December 2016

Dawn Spendlove-Fairie and son Nathan, 19, grand daughter Maddie, six, and grandson Ryan, 10 in his wheelchair, in their cramped room.

Dawn Spendlove-Fairie and son Nathan, 19, grand daughter Maddie, six, and grandson Ryan, 10 in his wheelchair, in their cramped room.


A grandmother fears for the safety of her disabled grandson after being forced to move into a hostel.

Dawn Spendlove-Fairie, 48, cares for 10-year-old grandson Ryan who suffers from scoliosis - curvature of the spine and rocker bottom feet, which resemble the bottom of a rocking chair.

The family lived happily in a private rented Elm Park property that met Ryan’s needs, but after the landlord asked for it back, was placed in emergency accommodation by Havering Council.

“We’ve been living in the hostel [Will Perrin Court, Guysfield Road, Rainham] since 17th October. Ryan needs an orthopaedic bed, he needs a bath, as a shower is not suitable,” said Mrs Spendlove-Fairie.

“He needs to get from the chair to the other side of the room so he can dry himself, but there’s a puddle where water is falling.

“Because he cannot walk properly he can fall.”

A council spokesman said: “The hostel accommodation is considered suitable for the family taking into account Ryan’s medical needs.”

Along with Ryan, the grandmother of 11, lives with husband Jason, daughter Chelsea, 24, son Nathan, 19, and granddaugher Maddie, six.

“We have got two rooms, eating and sleeping off the beds. Enough is enough,” she continued.

“I’ve had it. There’s antisocial behaviour, there’s noise, drugs, there’s not enough living space for six people, especially four adults.”

But the council has not deemed the family as a priority because they have lived in the borough for five years and not the required six.

The spokesman continued: “We are doing everything we can to identify a suitable self-contained private sector leased property for the family to move into. There has been difficulty in procuring a four bedroom property but we have identified one and currently working with the private landlord to lease it.”

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