Standard's step in right direction
PUBLISHED: 12:02 26 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010
A WOMAN who suffers from multiple sclerosis believes she has finally won her battle to have a seven-inch-high step at her back door lowered. She says it was only after the Wisbech Standard took up her case that her two-year wait appeared to be over. It s
A WOMAN who suffers from multiple sclerosis believes she has finally won her battle to have a seven-inch-high step at her back door lowered.
She says it was only after the Wisbech Standard took up her case that her two-year wait appeared to be over.
"It should not have taken this to get work to start. We have had nothing done in two years," said Bridget Bodger, 46, of Murrow Bank.
She said it was only after she told her occupational therapist that the Standard was on the way to highlight her plight, that she believes the money for the work was allocated.
Mrs Bodger, diagnosed with MS two years ago, said she asked for help to get the step from her back door lowered and was told it could be funded by social services if it cost less than £1,000.
Faced with an estimate of £1,600, she set out to find an alternative price. She says she found someone willing and able to do it for half that amount, but still she could not get the sum approved.
However, on Wednesday, just as the Standard turned up at her door and after she had phoned her therapists to say the press was involved, she received word that a new estimate she had submitted, even lower than £800, had finally been accepted.
"I can't thank the Standard enough," she said. "Without being able to say you were interested in my plight, I think I would still be waiting."
Funding for the improvements will come through Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust and Mrs Bodger believes she is one of many waiting for adaptations.
A trust spokesman said Mrs Bodger's complaints would be investigated and the trust would respond as soon as it had got the information together.