'We've been abandoned', say family of 10-year-old after horrific horse box accident

Oliver Hacking and his mum, Tracey Ashford, in the lounge which now doubles as his bedroom

Oliver Hacking and his mum, Tracey Ashford

Oliver Hacking and his mum, Tracey Ashford

Oliver Hacking and his mum, Tracey Ashford

Oliver Hacking and his mum, Tracey Ashford

Oliver Hacking

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE family of a 10-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair after an horrific road accident say they have been abandoned.

Oliver Hacking, a pupil at St Stephen’s Primary School, was crossing Bolton Road, Bury, on March 28 when he was hit by a horse box.

The youngster spent months at the Royal Manchester Infirmary, had his right leg amputated at the knee, and has left-sided weakness from injuries to his brain.

Kind-hearted residents have raised more than £2,500 for specialist equipment and house adaptations for Oliver, who now uses a wheelchair.

But his current home, a council house in Connaught Street, Bury, has been deemed unsuitable for a wet room or stair lift and his family are desperate to move.

Oliver’s mum Tracey Ashford, who is studying to be a social worker, said: “We feel like we have been abandoned.

"The situation is horrendous and is getting us all down. Oliver is finding it really difficult. It is upsetting and humiliating for him.”

A spokesman for Bury Council said they had made the family’s case a priority and had offered them two properties which had been declined.

Oliver, who will start at Elton High School, Bury, this September, lives in the lounge of the home he shares with his mum, dad Darren Hacking, a driver, and sister Jessica.

He sleeps on a single bed in the front room and must use a commode or crawl up the stairs to get to the bathroom.

Every other day his mum drives him 10 minutes to her parents’ home so he can use their wet room to wash.

Mrs Ashford said: “We need a house which is fully adapted for a wheelchair user and then we can spend the money the public has generously donated to us on more equipment and work to the property.

“When Oliver was still in hospital we were promised everything would be sorted out, but now it feels like we have been forgotten.”

A spokesman for Bury Council said: “A senior member of the Housing Assessment Service has undertaken an assessment of Mrs Ashford and her family’s needs and is in discussion with her to ensure that appropriate assistance has been provided.

"We are doing everything that we can in this difficult situation and are looking at properties not only in the social housing sector but also within the private sector.”

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7:40am Mon 4 Aug 14

karenmurray says...

A sad situation for the child. Where the two houses offered not in the area or not big enough for a wet room? Other options include a pod on side of house if your garden is big enough. Good luck
A sad situation for the child. Where the two houses offered not in the area or not big enough for a wet room? Other options include a pod on side of house if your garden is big enough. Good luck karenmurray
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