Family’s two years without heating hell

NDET 8-11-12 TW 9 Trudy Rush and her son Aaron Wright left without hot water and heating in the evening for over two years
NDET 8-11-12 TW 9 Trudy Rush and her son Aaron Wright left without hot water and heating in the evening for over two years

A mother and her disabled son have had to endure almost two years without heating or hot water in the evening.

Trudy Rush, 50, and her son Aaron Wright 31, of Adlington Avenue, Wingerworth have been told the problem is set to be fixed - but not until the new year.

Trudy said: “It’s been absolutely freezing. You can see your breath in the house.

“My son is confined to his bedroom as it’s too cold for him to go anywhere else and he is prone to chest infections.”

Aaron developed the rare disorder Reye’s Syndrome and was given just five years to live after being given aspirin as a baby.

He is blind and has the mental age of a seven-month-old, needing full-time care from Trudy.

Trudy added: “It makes it very difficult when I’m trying to look after Aaron. I have to change his nappy and wash him down.

“He can’t come out of his room and sit with me because it’s too cold.”

Neighbours on the avenue and on Mill Lane have also been affected by a lack of gas in the evening.

A spokesman for National Grid said water has been getting in to the gas supply, creating pressure problems and a major gas mains replacement is set for the area.

He added: “It’s been a big problem there and we’ve had a large amount of call-outs.

“We have got a team there with a camera looking at it and trying to find out where the water is coming in and how we go about repairing it.

“The area is earmarked for a mains replacement programme with around 200 to 300 metres of new gas mains to be laid in the new year.”