Mum of disabled child left with 'building site' home as extension stops for 14 weeks

News Shopper: Danielle Ralph with her kids have had a home like a building site Danielle Ralph with her kids have had a home like a building site

A Crayford woman has revealed how building work for her disabled daughter’s extension ground to a halt for 14 weeks leaving her house like a "building site".

Danielle Ralph, of Thames Road, has struggled to carry on with her everyday life as the builders abruptly stopped work on the wet room and bedroom for seven-year-old daughter, Morgan, in December.

Morgan has a rare chromosomal disorder, Pallister-Killian mosaic syndrome and is unable to walk or talk.

News Shopper: Mum of disabled child left with 'building site' of a home as extension halts for 14 weeks

Mum-of-three Ms Ralph has been forced to share a bedroom with Megan, lift her up the stairs and bathe her in the normal bathroom which is not equipped for the youngster.

The two other kids, Georgia, three, and Tyler, one, are also sharing a room.

Ms Ralph, 27, told News Shopper: "It’s so frustrating - we’ve been waiting two years for this extension.

"I have no access to the back garden, I have to have my daughter in the room with me, I'm having to wash her in our current bath, I’m carrying her up and down the stairs.

"We specially moved into this property because my last one had no disabled facilities.

"Morgan is in a wheelchair, she can’t walk or talk.

"It is really stressful - I just want my kids to have their own room."

She added: "I was depressed before but this has made it even worse. They’ve just decided I’m not a priority.

"It should not be like that - I’m a single mum and it’s stressful enough having a disabled child anyway."

The building works were stopped when workmen discovered a problem with the foundations and a redesign of the extension was required.

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: "An unforeseen problem was discovered with the ground condition once excavation works had started back in December.

News Shopper: Mum of disabled child left with 'building site' of a home as extension halts for 14 weeks

"This unfortunately required the works to stop while an engineer and a specialist company were asked to design and price a revised scheme of works for the foundations.

"The scheme has now been agreed, however there are substantial additional costs involved and we are waiting for these to be approved by the landlord, L&Q."

An L&Q spokesman said: "We were contacted last week by Bexley Council and informed that additional work is necessary before the original job can be finished.

"Now that we know what is needed, L&Q will approve these works so the improvements to Ms Ralph’s home can be completed as soon as possible."

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4:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

bojimbo26 says...

Get them in and working .
Get them in and working . bojimbo26
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brook says...

Can't the father (s) help out?
Can't the father (s) help out? Brook
  • Score: -10

10:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

FrustratedMother says...

I had the same problem Danielle but unfortunately did not receive the support you do from Morgan's father, at least he has her 4 times a week which must make it a bit easier for you as a "single" mother xxxxxx
I had the same problem Danielle but unfortunately did not receive the support you do from Morgan's father, at least he has her 4 times a week which must make it a bit easier for you as a "single" mother xxxxxx FrustratedMother
  • Score: 8

10:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

FrustratedMother says...

Brook wrote:
Can't the father (s) help out?
They do help out.... Very much so
[quote][p][bold]Brook[/bold] wrote: Can't the father (s) help out?[/p][/quote]They do help out.... Very much so FrustratedMother
  • Score: 5

6:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MrsKnowItAll says...

Think all these father comments are wrong, I'm sure parenting skills have nothing to do with an extension article people shouldn't even write comments like judging people or the child father. Sure he's a good father and supporting just because of a 'building site' article and he's not in it he's probably got his time filled up with his daughter as the comments above show he has her 4 days a week..
Think all these father comments are wrong, I'm sure parenting skills have nothing to do with an extension article people shouldn't even write comments like judging people or the child father. Sure he's a good father and supporting just because of a 'building site' article and he's not in it he's probably got his time filled up with his daughter as the comments above show he has her 4 days a week.. MrsKnowItAll
  • Score: 5

8:07pm Thu 20 Mar 14

danipink says...

FrustratedMother wrote:
I had the same problem Danielle but unfortunately did not receive the support you do from Morgan's father, at least he has her 4 times a week which must make it a bit easier for you as a "singleSo lets put people straight her dad does have her 2 days and 3 nights a week my home is not adapted wot so ever it is very hard carrying her to bed and bathing her she needs her own room as she is sharing with her brother at the minute her dad is fully aware of of the situation as well I dnt have access to my garden wot so ever ive had water coming through into my kitchen there are big holes out there that my other children could full down it is dangerous so I think u hav missed the point to this article
[quote][p][bold]FrustratedMother[/bold] wrote: I had the same problem Danielle but unfortunately did not receive the support you do from Morgan's father, at least he has her 4 times a week which must make it a bit easier for you as a "singleSo lets put people straight her dad does have her 2 days and 3 nights a week my home is not adapted wot so ever it is very hard carrying her to bed and bathing her she needs her own room as she is sharing with her brother at the minute her dad is fully aware of of the situation as well I dnt have access to my garden wot so ever ive had water coming through into my kitchen there are big holes out there that my other children could full down it is dangerous so I think u hav missed the point to this article danipink
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MrsKnowItAll says...

Well you should have reacted to the father comments, we all understand about your house there is a huge Article regarding this no one is asking you to justify your house there reacting to the father comments.. I'm sure the other children's fathers should know as Morgans is clearly a good father seeing his daughter and all the comments are a disgrace regarding he's not there!
Well you should have reacted to the father comments, we all understand about your house there is a huge Article regarding this no one is asking you to justify your house there reacting to the father comments.. I'm sure the other children's fathers should know as Morgans is clearly a good father seeing his daughter and all the comments are a disgrace regarding he's not there! MrsKnowItAll
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MrsKnowItAll says...

Morgans dad"
Morgans dad" MrsKnowItAll
  • Score: 2

2:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

danipink says...

The only comment I have seen is get the fathers involved! This is not about the fathers use people should be on Jeremy kyle got to much time on yours hands to even make a comment about a home that has been knocked down and left for over 15 weeks I want whats best for my daughter she deserves to have her own bedroom what is wrong with that morgans father is a very good dad to her he backs me up with this completely !
The only comment I have seen is get the fathers involved! This is not about the fathers use people should be on Jeremy kyle got to much time on yours hands to even make a comment about a home that has been knocked down and left for over 15 weeks I want whats best for my daughter she deserves to have her own bedroom what is wrong with that morgans father is a very good dad to her he backs me up with this completely ! danipink
  • Score: 0

10:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Ladynightnurse says...

First of all Danielle was moved to this house on the understanding
That an extension would be built for Morgan as the house she was in
Before was unsuitable. Why should the fathers help when it is a housing
Association property and only there builders are allowed to work on it.
Morgans disability is a life long thing and she needs these rooms for
Her quality of life. I don't get why the fathers have been brought into it.
It's nothing to do with them. The article is aimed at bexley council!!
First of all Danielle was moved to this house on the understanding That an extension would be built for Morgan as the house she was in Before was unsuitable. Why should the fathers help when it is a housing Association property and only there builders are allowed to work on it. Morgans disability is a life long thing and she needs these rooms for Her quality of life. I don't get why the fathers have been brought into it. It's nothing to do with them. The article is aimed at bexley council!! Ladynightnurse
  • Score: 0

12:55am Sat 22 Mar 14

MrsKnowItAll says...

LOL
LOL MrsKnowItAll
  • Score: 2

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