Mary - 96 NOT OUT!! But facing eviction by her grandchildren!

by Mary's daughters

Mary - 96 NOT OUT!! But facing eviction by her grandchildren!

by Mary's daughters
Mary's daughters
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We are three of Mary's surviving daughters who are helping Mary fight for her right to live in her home for her remaining years.
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Latest: July 14, 2019

97 - Briefly Out But Now Back In

It's been a mammoth task to restore Mary's home and settle her back in. An Injunction has been granted to protect her, pending resolution of the Estoppel. She is still in the process of unp...

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Our amazing 96 year old Mum, Mary,  a former dancer and nurse, is being evicted from her home by her own grandchildren.


Background
Mary was a Tiller Girl in London for many years, an ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) member who, as part of a dance troupe, entertained British troops during World War 11.

We, her surviving daughters, are helping her prove her right to live out her remaining years in her current, much loved home in central London.

Our sister, Sandie, persuaded Mary to sell her home of 57 years and move to Sandie's house in London after Dad died in 2012. Mary is a Londoner and Sandie hoped that by returning to London, Mary would be able to make a new life for herself. Sadly, Sandie passed away from pancreatic cancer in July 2017 and now her children are demanding that Mary moves out. Mary is partially sighted, yet lives independently in the house in London.  She has made new friends and last year started guitar lessons at the Royal National Institution for the Blind. There are not many 96 year olds who catch a tube with a guitar on their back! Mary does not want to move and feels she is not ready for a care home, nor does she want to move in with any of us as she wishes to remain independent.

The case

Mary would like her grandchildren to allow her to stay, without going to Court. However, so far, they have not agreed to this and in fact, they instructed their Solicitor to serve Mary with a Notice to Quit. That Notice states that Mary has to leave by 8 May 2019. The grandchildren and their Solicitor have told Mary that if she does not move out by 8 May 2019, they will issue Possession Proceedings to evict her. Mary is terribly distressed by this.

Mary's Solicitor has advised her that she has a strong case for Proprietary Estoppel and her chance of success at a Court Hearing is high. This is because Sandie promised  Mary that if she moved to her London house it would be her home for her lifetime and Mary acted on the strength of that promise.

So far, we, Mary's daughters, have funded all the legal bills but now that the grandchildren have served Mary with a Notice to Quit, costs will escalate as we have to apply to court for an interim injunction to protect Mary's position and stop Possession Proceedings from being issued. This is just the first step and is estimated to cost £20,000. 

Investment opportunity!

Mary's wish is that someone with a keen eye for investment might buy the house as a charitable investment with her in it and let her continue living there for as long as she is able. . If you know of anyone who would be interested in buying the property in these circumstances, please get in touch. It is an excellent opportunity to invest in a central London (SW1) pied-a-terre!

How you can help

We would be grateful for any contribution towards our legal costs in keeping Mary in her home. Alternatively, please pass this on to anyone who you think might be able to help and please share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram .

Mary wants her grandchildren to get their inheritance from the sale of the house  but just believes that she should be allowed to continue to live in her home and enjoy her life in London for as long as she is able to.

Thank you for your support!


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Update 3

Mary's daughters

July 14, 2019

97 - Briefly Out But Now Back In

It's been a mammoth task to restore Mary's home and settle her back in. An Injunction has been granted to protect her, pending resolution of the Estoppel. She is still in the process of unpacking endless boxes - no mean feat for a partially sighted lady but at least her furniture is now back in place. She grieves daily for the houseplants that she nurtured for over 20 years and which were callously destroyed during the illegal and brutal eviction.  Mary is deeply hurt but having lived through the Second World War, she is determined not to let things get her down and will be taking part in the world's longest guitar lesson with The Guitar Social, in their attempt to get into the Guinness book of records.

Check out Mary talking to The Guitar Social about what playing the  guitar means to her.

https://youtu.be/xxK67g2t7IQ

Once again, we thank you all for your continued support and kind comments. This is so much appreciated as we prepare for the Estoppel case.

Update 2

Mary's daughters

June 17, 2019

Shocking News!

On 13th June Mary reached the grand age of 97. She had a wonderful few days away with her daughters and received a brand new guitar. When she returned home we discovered that the locks had been changed and a security system installed. The police attended and we regained entry. To our absolute horror we discovered that the whole house had been emptied of every single item; even Mary's medication and passport. The kitchen had been ripped out and dumped in the middle of the lounge. Her home was completely uninhabitable. It broke our hearts to see our mother so upset. We have been informed that this is a criminal offence and the police are investigating.

Thank you for all the good wishes we have received and we would be grateful for your continued support.

Update 1

Mary's daughters

May 15, 2019

Mary - Still 96 and Not out!

We have just reached our target of £8000. We have all been overwhelmed by the support and messages that we have received. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated; to our family and friends and to the anonymous donors, whoever you may be. It is so much appreciated and we are now on the way to our stretch target of £20,000. Please continue to pledge and share our page.

The eviction date of 8th May has come and gone and Mary is still 96 and not out! The Notice to quit, however, remains in place and no information has been forthcoming from the grandchildren ath this time. We will keep you posted.


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