Mould forces cancer sufferer Chloe Hocking to leave her home
A 15-YEAR-OLD Liskeard girl suffering with cancer says she was forced to move out of her family home because of a growing mould problem.
Chloe Hocking, of Park View was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma on December 3 last year, which has spread from her neck to her abdomen.
The teenager has had to move to a friend's house outside Liskeard after doctors said she is susceptible to chest infections and illnesses from the mould spores growing inside the house.
Chloe's parents, Lianne and Jeffrey Hocking, have eight other children living at the three-bedroomed property.
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The house is managed by Cornwall Council, and the family said they have been in contact with the authority for six years to help them resolve the mould problem but with no positive outcome so far.
Mr Hocking said: "We are totally rundown because it's not just affecting Chloe, it's affecting our other children. It's totally disheartening and demoralising.
"I have explained the situation that my daughter had been diagnosed with cancer but the council has other priorities – they said 'join a queue'.
"My wife was in tears most evenings with depression – it feels like banging your head against a brick wall."
Cornwall Housing examined the mould at the property on Thursday.
Mrs Hocking said that each time they complain about the mould the council sends someone to test the dampness of the walls, which they say are dry.
Despite their attempts to paint over the mould it comes back again.
Mr Hocking said he believes the house has too much condensation.
Their other children, who range in age from 1 to 17, suffer from health problems because of the damp.
Mr Hocking said: "My one-year-old has had a filthy stinking cold for at least three weeks."
Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, said she will try to help the family and their doctors have said they will write to Cornwall Council.
The house has mould in every room, which grows on children's toys and even clothes said Lianne Hocking, Chloe's mother.
"Chloe living somewhere else is killing me," she said. "It's got to the stage that we can't be bothered any more. It feels like the council doesn't care."
A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "Cornwall Housing has commissioned a specialist damp surveying company to carry out a survey on this property, to help determine what further action is required."