“The worst thing is the constant cold”: Seriously ill woman with no power or heating lives by candlelight after benefits axed

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Written by : JACOB FUREDI

A desperately ill woman is living alone by candlelight without power or heating after her benefits were axed.

Donna Cross has lived in a crumbling room without electricity or gas for a year with only a stained sofa and duvet to keep her warm.

The 56-year-old says she is forced to warm up food at a friend’s house when she does have it and seeks solace in a library during the day to keep away from the cold.

She said her Employment and Support Allowance was cut last year which has led her to live in a freezing home.

Ms Cross says her health is deteriorating as she suffers from anaemia, type two diabetes and a chest infection that often causes her skin to bleed, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The 56-year-old, from Walton, Liverpool, said: “The worst thing is the constant cold.”

“It’s getting to winter. There are times when I’ve wanted to go up to the candle for heat. Even under the quilt I can still feel the cold.

“When the electricity goes off, I’m in total darkness. I can’t even read a book. It’s too cold to even get out under the duvet and get a biscuit.

“Normal houses are warmer than this, aren’t they?”

Read more : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/the-worst-thing-constant-cold-11303050

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