Pensioner looking forward to regaining independence

Ivy Hides, 91
Ivy Hides, 91
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A FRAIL pensioner who has been stranded in her first floor flat told of her joy after being offered a new home.

Ivy Hides, aged 91, has only been able to venture out of her home, on Deerpark Road, Stannington, once in the last four months - with help from a friend.

She made a plea to housing bosses to be moved to a ground floor property on the same street, so she can stay near her friends and neighbours - and regain her independence.

Now Ivy’s wish has come true after her plight was revealed by The Star.

Housing management company Sheffield Homes decided to give her the empty property after assessing her needs and finding she was the most deserving applicant for the flat.

Overjoyed Ivy, a retired hospital cleaner, said: “It’s marvellous news - I’m looking forward to having my independence back.”

Ivy was forced to depend on friends and neighbours to do her shopping - although she said she kept busy in her flat by reading, knitting and using her computer.

Although she has been a resident at her current home for the last 14 years, Ivy said she had been unable to go out and about on her own since the New Year due to mobility problems, which meant she found it impossible to climb the stairs to her home.

Back in 1997, when she moved to the flat, Ivy said she could ‘run up the stairs’ but she has become too weak in recent months.

Ivy had been invited to bid for other properties in the area by Sheffield Homes. But she said she wanted the property that she has now been given because it is directly below her current address.

She will now be able to stay close to people she knows - who have helped her out over the last few months while she has been housebound.

A Sheffield Homes spokesman said: “Mrs Hides was very keen to stay in the immediate area where she has good friends and neighbours. We were recently able to offer her the ground floor property in the block where she lives.”

He added that the property was allocated in line with the company’s ‘fair system based on priorities and waiting time’.

Ivy hopes to move in over the next few weeks Once she is settled in, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, Coun Harry Harpham, is to visit and present her with a housewarming gift.