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Pensioner 'faces freezing to death' and is surviving on toast as Britain’s cost of living crisis laid bare
4 November 2022, 06:51
A neighbour has issued a rallying cry to help a pensioner who ‘may not survive winter’ living in her dilapidated home and eating only toast after her gas was switched off, a shocking sight that lays bare Britain’s cost of living crisis.
Pictures shared online show the cold home of Irene, in Huyton near Liverpool, which she heats using a tiny electric heater.
She has no hot water and can only eat toast cooked in her toaster, after her gas was shut off. The back door is badly damaged and doesn’t close properly, and there are holes in the walls.
The harrowing images of her home were shared by her neighbour James Anderson, who runs a repair company that works to improve the lives of those living in squalid conditions who cannot afford to maintain their properties.
He is calling for tradesmen in the area to rally round and help make Irene’s home liveable.
He posted online: “She may not survive another winter.”
Her Gas has been isolated, leaving her without any form of warmth or hot water.— Depher cic uk - James 🫂 Anderson (@Depheruk) November 1, 2022
Irene needs the help of the community and experts; we can get her that help with your support.
Please donate if you can tohttps://t.co/bwpy9NwoRx
Jam on Toast is nice, but not as a set meal xxx pic.twitter.com/Ha1vpPTBEH
Picturing the tiny electric heater, he wrote: “This is her only form of heating. He gas has been isolated, leaving her without any form of warmth or hot water.
“Irene needs the help of the community and experts.”
With an image of Irene sat next to a piece of toast, he added: “Jam on toast is nice, but not as a set meal.”
He added: “We need quite a lot of help. We need a door fitter, a kitchen fitter, a carpet fitter, plumbers, gas engineers and someone to provide a skip and help clear out the property.
“We also welcome any donations from people that will help with the project.”
This is where Irene lives in #Liverpool— Depher cic uk - James 🫂 Anderson (@Depheruk) November 1, 2022
I will be organising a new GoFundMe for her, she is a elderly lady that needs urgent help, without it her neighbour said
"Sh may not survive, another winter!"
The heater you see in picture #1 is her ONLY form of HEATING. pic.twitter.com/c9qV7sKhXJ
Good Samaritans have already flooded the comments with offers of help. One man said: “James, I don't have money but I used to be a plasterer.
“I wouldn't mind digging out my trowel to help with any work she could have done to improve the house.”
Others offered to donate food and cash to help support Irene and Mr Anderson's charity GoFundme has raised over £150,000 to help those in need.