Widower with cancer forced to wash in the sink ‘because shower is too mouldy’

A cancer-suffering pensioner has been washing himself in the kitchen sink over fears his shower has become too mouldy.

Widower John Ibbitson says he first reported the problems with the shower to Habinteg, the company which maintain his property, three months ago.

The 74-year-old, who has cancer and arthritis , is worried that the spores in the shower will impact him if he breathes them in, Hull Daily Mail reported.

The pensioner has decided not to use it again until the mould in his flat in Bransholme, Hull, is removed.

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He says it is not the first time he has had issues with his flat.

Not long after his wife died of heart and kidney problems, Mr Ibbitson had to plead with his housing association to fix a broken fuse box at his home.

The fault had plunged his bathroom into darkness, leaving him terrified of going in for fear he would slip or fall.

"I've been waiting for Habinteg to fix the mould in my shower and broken windows for three and a half months and I'm just sick of the wait now and feel like they aren't going to help me," Mr Ibbitson said.

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"I daren't get in the shower because I'm scared of breathing in the mould for my health. I've got prostate cancer and terrible arthritis and have to use a nebuliser four or five times a day to help my chest.

"I've been having to get washed in the kitchen sink as I just can't bear the idea of getting in the shower – it scares me.

"I'm down in the dumps already as I can't get over losing my wife and now have this to deal with. I was married 60 years and lost my wife in June because she had kidney problems and it's broke my heart."

Mr Ibbitson says that all he wants is for the company to come in and remove the mould.

He added: "They said they would move the vent for better ventilation in the bathroom but haven't and they are really slow on repairs.

"I've lived here nine years and there's always a long wait for them to do things.

"I'm upset, annoyed and just don't know where to turn."

A Habinteg spokesperson apologised for the bathroom issues.

They added: "Habinteg aims to ensure that all our homes are safe and repairs are dealt with promptly.

"Our contractors have now cleaned the mould, supplied extra insulation to the roof to prevent further damage and have also arranged to upgrade the tenant’s extractor fan which the contractor is fitting today (January 13).

"Our surveyor is booked in to visit the property on Wednesday, January 15 to make sure everything is OK and to check if Mr Ibbetson requires any further repairs.”

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