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David Weir Can’t Get Accessible Council House

October 8, 2013

Paralympic legacy, anyone?

PARALYMPIC hero David Weir has to drag himself upstairs by his arms to the toilet — because housing chiefs won’t give him a home with a downstairs loo.

 

David, who won four golds at London 2012, believes he did not get a better home over fears of “favouritism”.

 

 

 

Yesterday, the star’s mum Jacqueline said it was a national disgrace the 34-year-old wheelchair-bound athlete — a CBE who has won a total of six golds at London 2012 and Beijing 2008 — is being treated in such a callous way.

 

She added: “He’s a national hero but he can’t find a decent house and the council aren’t helping.

 

 

 

“He’s simply too good to have a nice house. He’s not a jailbird or a junkie so as far as they’re concerned he just has to make do with what he’s got.”

 

David’s fiancée Emily Thorne said: “We are not asking for a mansion, we just want somewhere with three bedrooms and a downstairs toilet.

 

 

 

“With David getting a bit older he could do without the trips up the stairs on his arms, risking a recurring shoulder injury.”

 

Emily said the housing association that allocates council homes on the Roundshaw Estate in Wallington, South London, told them they could not have a better place for fear of favouritism.

 

 

 

She added: “I understand there is a huge demand for housing and there are others who need a three-bed home more.

 

“But after the Games, Roundshaw said they had a three-bedroom house going — but then told us we couldn’t have it because they did not want to look like they were showing favouritism towards David.”

 

 

 

David, who was born with a severed spinal cord and cannot use his legs, won four golds at 2012.

 

He won two at Beijing, six at the Athletics World Championships in 2006 and 2011 and has won six London Marathons.

 

David was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2012. His local leisure centre is named after him and his nearest postbox was painted gold in his honour.

 

 

 

He has lived in his modest house for years and grew up on the estate. He and Emily have two children Mason, two, and Tillie, one. David’s other daughter Ronie, ten, often stays with them.

 

David, nicknamed Weirwolf, cannot get a mortgage because sponsorship deals and appearance fees are not a reliable source of income.

 

A neighbour said: “He is a hero to all of us and has been an inspiration. He needs a larger home that meets his physical needs because he has to drag himself upstairs to use the toilet.”

 

Roundshaw Homes said it could not comment on individual cases.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2013 1:35 pm

    Dont know whether you can get message to David, we have similar problems tell him to contact http://mivapartnership.com who are helping us as the LAs are absolutely useless. We have been waiting for over 3 years for specialised housing.

  2. October 11, 2013 12:10 am

    Reblogged this on Through My Eyes and commented:
    Yep this is how national Paralympic heroes get treated – exactly the same as all other disabled people!

  3. December 31, 2013 12:31 pm

    Miva Partnership Limited is at the forefront trying to help people with disabilities with decent affordable rented accommodation but finding it difficult to meet the initial capital investment obligations. Rented accommodation for people with disabilities is not attractive business preposition to many property investors due to high cost of initial capital investment which does not yield the high and quick return they will be looking for. Even the government and local councils do not want to know. Every now and then they will tinkle with the problem and left it for disabled people and their families to pick it up the pieces. Miva is looking for ethical investors. It is a growing market and investors will feel happy every day if they see what their money is doing to help disabled people and their families.
    Kofi A. Dzorkplenu

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