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Family's prayers for new home answered

Stuart and Debbie Parkinson and their eight children have moved into a new home thanks to a methodist minister

From left to right : Chloe Parkinson (9), Issy Parkinson (12), Edward Parkinson (5), Charlie Parkinson (15), Stuart Parkinson, Ruby Parkinson (6), Seth Parkinson (20 months), Debbie Parkinson and Mollie Parkinson (3) (all correct) at 22 Richmond Hill, Macclesfield, Cheshire East, United Kingdom. A family of 10 have been rehomed after a public appeal. Debbie and Stuart Parkinson were evicted from their four bedroom property after a council inspection found that one of the rooms was unsafe. he community has rallied round the family and eventually helped them find a house. NB eldest child George is living elsewere. Photograph Credit : Sean Hansford 12 July 2015.

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

Stuart and Debbie Parkinson’s life was turned upside down when they were given a notice of eviction in April.

Unable to find a place big enough for them and their eight children, the couple were forced to stay put and faced the daily threat of court appointed bailiffs.

But after an appeal in the Macclesfield Express a Methodist minister came forward with a property and save them from being turfed out onto the streets.

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 Parkinson were asked to leave the rented property on Wiltshire Close, Upton Priory after it failed a council inspection and was deemed 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 told her that 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 me.

Stuart works at Adamley Mill in Langley while former childminder Debbie is a stay-at-home mum looking after Mollie who has coeliac 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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