Good samaritan to pay bedroom tax bill for Merseyside mum and disabled daughter.
What a very kind person.
Anonymous donor steps in after reading Dawn Lennon's story on Echo website
A good samiritan has come forward to pay a Merseyside woman and her disabled daughter’s bedroom tax bill after being moved by the story of her plight in the ECHO.
The donor, who asked not to be named, said he would stump up the cash needed by 52-year-old Dawn Lennon and her 28-year-old daughter Kelly Marie, who has severe physical and learning difficulties.
The 42-year-old businessman, from Surrey, was so heartbroken by Mrs Lennon’s story that he contacted the ECHO to offer his help.
Mrs Lennon uses the spare room in her two-bedroom housing association flat as a sensory room for Kelly Marie, who is blind and must use a wheelchair.
But despite the room not being used as a bedroom, and being full of the specialist equipment Kelly Marie needs, the government has deemed the property as being under-occupied and so she must pay up more than £500 a year if she wants to remain in her home.
Today, Mrs Lennon, from Runcorn, told the ECHO she was overwhelmed by the anonymous donor’s generosity.
She added: “It’s going to be such a massive help and make such a big difference to me and Kelly Marie.
“Christmas was really tough and when my family were asking what presents we wanted I had to tell them just to put a little cash in an envelope so we could afford the extra little bits we need.
“This is the time now when all the bills will start coming in thick and fast, so we really appreciate that someone would do this for us.”
The good Samaritan emigrated to New Zealand in the 1970s but now lives in Weybridge, Surrey. He said he had seen the story on the ECHO website on New Year’s Day.
He added: “She has enough on her plate and is doing her best to care for a disabled daughter.
“It is people like her that made this country great and I commend her bravery and fortitude and believe by helping her a little she will be able to focus on what’s patently everything to her, Kelly Marie.
“I live in Surrey however I’m not from a privileged background.
“I'm just a 42-year-old bloke with a moral compass still intact.”
Under government rules, anyone found to be “under-occupying” a housing association property must pay extra depending on how many rooms are deemed spare.
The Department for Work and Pensions said it has made available “discretionary housing payment” funds to help people in the most difficult circumstances. Source