Roddons and Apollo renovate Wisbech home for family in time for Christmas

DISABLED mum Hayley Venni has just one Christmas wish - to spend the day with her children. Today (Tuesday) she moves into an especially adapted house and is looking forward to that wish coming true. Hayley, 29, had to make the heartbreaking decision to p

Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON

DISABLED mum Hayley Venni had just one Christmas wish - to spend the day with her children. Yesterday she moved into an especially adapted house and was looking forward to that wish coming true.

Hayley, 29, had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her two youngest children into temporary foster care when life became impossible in her un-adapted flat in Cherry Road, Wisbech.

But when Roddons Housing Association and The Apollo Group heard about Hayley they identified a house in Wisbech and in four months have transformed it into a perfect home.


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She said: “I am thrilled, thanks to everyone from Roddons and Apollo for making it happen so quickly and just in time for Christmas, all my wishes come true today. My new home is just perfect and makes my life so much easier, we will all be much happier there.”

Hayley has been confined to a wheelchair since she was just 14 years old. She suffers from a progressive muscle wasting disease, Muscular Atrophy Type Two, osteo arthritis and osteoporosis. She has also beaten cancer.

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Her new home in Staithe Road means Hayley, who is divorced, can have a live-in carer and help with four-year-old Andrew and Daniel who is just 18 months old. Her two older children, nine-year-old Chloe and seven-year-old Daisy live with a grandparent.

Hayley said: “It was really hard putting them into foster care but I couldn’t manage. I was so surprised when I was told about the new house and I am just so happy. We will all be together on Christmas day.”

Gary Breame, Capital Programme Surveyor for Roddons said he was delighted that Hayley was so happy with her new home. Around �60,000 has been spent on adaptations to the house including an extra bedroom for a live-in carer in the two-storey extension.

He said: Life change is a big thing with us and we have certainly changed Hayley’s life with what we have been able to do. It has been very rewarding for us.”

Roddons has invested more than �1million on 800 adaptations improving the lives of more than 1,000 residents.

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