A housing association has made a u-turn and agreed not to knock down a shed built by a man who was dying from cancer.
Earlier this month we reported how grieving mother Joan Cartledge had been told that a shed and decking her son Dave had built in his garden was going to be knocked down.
After the T&C contacted Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (bpha), chiefs insisted that the shed had to go for health and safety reasons.
But, just last week Joan received a call to say they had changed their minds.
Joan. 73, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they called me, I’m over the moon.
“I feel like it’s the last thing left of my son, and it would have killed me if they just got rid of it. It’s his legacy and I’m really happy someone else can enjoy it. It’s what Dave would have wanted.
Dave lived at a flat in High Street, Thurleigh, which was owned by bpha, but he died at the start of this year after spending nine months battling terminal cancer.
His mum Joan said at the time: “I’m devastated, it feels they just want to knock down the legacy my son left. To think they just want to give rid of it all when he built it when he was so ill is really upsetting.”
Dave was suffering with tongue cancer, which he had already beaten once. A month after he moved into the flat he was diagnosed with the disease again. In October he was told it was terminal and he passed away on January 6 at St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.
A spokesman for bpha said: “We were extremely pleased to inform Mrs Cartledge earlier this week that the new tenant at this property would like to keep the shed. This means we are now able to gift the item to the new tenant on the basis that they are willing to take on full responsibility for its maintenance.”
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