A grieving mother has hit out at a housing association for planning to knock down her late son’s shed that he built when he was dying from cancer.
Joan Cartledge, 73, is fighting Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association’s (bpha) plans to knock down the shed that her son Dave built in his last stages of terminal cancer.
Dave, who lived in a bpha bungalow in High Street, Thurleigh, died on January 6 this year at St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger after he spent nine months fighting tongue cancer.
Joan says her son was a carpenter and the only thing that kept him going was buildingthe shed and decking in his back garden.
Joan said: “I am convinced that building that shed really kept him going. He was so ill in the last few months, he was so thin, but he was determined to carry on.
“To think they are just going to knock it down when he built it when he was so ill kills me.
“There’s no need for it.”
A spokesman for bpha said they had to remove the shed for health and safety reasons.
They said: “We understand this is an extremely difficult time for the family and are sorry for the stress this situation has caused, but unfortunately we are bound by our health and safety and insurance policies.”
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