Min­is­ter makes dreams come true for ‘home­less’ fam­ily of 10

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A FAM­ILY of 10 fac­ing home­less­ness had their prayers an­swered by an Methodist min­is­ter.

Par­ents Stu­art and Deb­bie Parkin­son’s life was turned up­side down when they were told they would have to leave their for­mer home in April.

Un­able to find a place big enough for them and their eight chil­dren, the cou­ple say they were forced to stay put.

But af­ter an ap­peal in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press a Methodist min­is­ter came for­ward with a prop­erty.

Now the fam­ily are en­joy­ing their new home on Rich­mond Hill.

Deb­bie said: “It has been a truly aw­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Af­ter so many dis­ap­point­ments we were pray­ing for some­thing to come along.

“We are so grate­ful it did.”

Deb­bie, who grew up in Sut­ton, and Stu­art, 41, from Up­ton Pri­ory, have been to­gether since they were teenagers.

Their eldest is Ge­orge, 18, fol­lowed by his brother Char­lie, 15, and sis­ters Is­abelle, 12, Chloe, nine, and Ruby, six.

The three youngest are Ed­ward, five, Mol­lie, three, and lit­tle Seth, 20 months.

The Parkin­sons were asked to leave the rented prop­erty on Wilt­shire Close, Up­ton Pri­ory af­ter coun­cil in­spec­tors deemed it to be un­suit­able.

De­spite spend­ing weeks look­ing for some­where new, the fam­ily strug­gled to find a place suit­able for all their chil­dren.

But then they struck lucky.

Deb­bie ex­plained: “As the news spread of our sit­u­a­tion we had a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity. “It re­ally helped us. “One day I was in the play­ground and a woman came up to me and said the min­is­ter at her church might be able to help us.

“It turned out he had a four bed­room house which would have been per­fect but it had ten­ants.

“By co­in­ci­dence they gave him no­tice to leave.

“It was like it was meant to be.”

Stu­art works at Adam­ley Mill in Langley while for­mer child­min­der Deb­bie is a stay-at-home mum look­ing af­ter Mol­lie who has celiac dis­ease, hy­per mo­bil­ity dis­ease and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Deb­bie said: “The house is lovely, it backs onto the canal and there’s a park nearby for the kids.

“Ge­orge, is now 18, and has moved into a place of his own.

“Our new land­lord has been a life­saver.

“While we miss our old place, it’s an ex­cit­ing new ad­ven­ture for us and ev­ery­one has been very wel­com­ing.”

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