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Terminally Ill Father With Two Weeks To Live Seeks Home For Disabled Son So He Can Die In Peace

July 23, 2015

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A desperate father who has just two weeks to live has said he cannot die in peace until his disabled son is found a safe home.

Dave Williams, 53, single-handedly brought up his son Aron and currently shares a three bedroom house with the 29 year old, who has Aspergers and mild autism.

Ten weeks ago, the former-dustbin man was diagnosed with lung, liver and spine cancer and told he had just 12 weeks to live.

Now Mr Williams, of Newton Abbot in Devon, fears that if social services don’t find a place for Aron soon he will be kicked out of their social housing property and left with nowhere to go.

He said: “I thought I could leave this mortal earth in peace, but I can’t because I don’t know what’s going to happen to Aron.

“He is everything to me and I don’t want to spend my last two weeks worrying like this.

“I’ve accepted I’m going to die and I want to die in peace, but I can’t with this over my head.”

When Mr Williams learned he had just 12 weeks to live, he immediately contacted Aron’s social worker for help with his son’s future.

However, he claims social services have not resolved the problem and fears that time is running out.

“I’m not asking for much,” he said.

“I just want Aron to have a home to go to after I’ve died.

“Social services have come up with just one place in the last 10 weeks, but that fell through.”

He said when he died the housing association Teign Housing would be quite right to evict his son because he “doesn’t need to be in a three-bedroom house”.

He added: “Aron is semi-independent.

“He works five days a week on a farm at Sharpham run by the Robert Owen Communities and I want him to have his own place.

“He does need some care, but not much, just someone to pop in every day to make sure he has paid any bills, help him read his letters, make sure he’s got a hot meal and takes his medication.

“I can’t wave a magic wand and find him accommodation.

“I have enough to do organising my funeral, my will and sorting out my finances.

“Social services must have contingency plans for situations like this. It’s ridiculous.

“Friends and family have said they would give Aron a bed, but that would come off the back of my death, and it shouldn’t happen like that.”

He said his son was having difficulty coming to terms with his death and he wanted Aron to be rehomed somewhere familiar so he was not too traumatised at having to leave his house.

He said: “Because of his learning difficulties he can’t accept his dad is dying.

“I want social services to find him somewhere else to live now so he can go there at weekends and get used to it before I die.

“I’d like to see my son in a bedsit or a flat in this area because Newton Abbot is his home and he is known here.

“I want to die in my bed at home in the sitting room with my daughter and son around me, in peace, knowing he’s got somewhere to go.

“He has done so well in his life and to think he could regress because he is put into a hostel or other temporary accommodation is unbearable.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “We are working the housing team at Teignbridge Council and Teign Housing to help find Aron suitable alternative accommodation which meets his specific care needs.

“We will continue to do everything we can to fully support Aron in the accommodation identified for him.”

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