Tragic home of hoarder who lost family in crash shown in vile pictures

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The homeowner from Somerset, who did not want to be identified, began hoarding after his mental health deteriorated, following the tragedy seven years ago. He then neglected his accommodation to an “unliveable” point – with desperation forcing him to message a local cleaning company.

Laura Summers, 20, started up Glastonbury-based The Sleek Easy Clean in January. The business owner says that the man reached out to her after she advertised in a local Facebook group. Now, she wants to help the man  turn his life around and clear his house.

The Sleek Easy Clean team usually obtain funds privately from customers or approach local committees. However, in this instance they are having to fund the money through a campaign.

Laura said: “This man got in touch with us and he explained how much he has been struggling. He’s very anxious and no one knows how he is living – he hasn’t even gone to his GP and also he does not want to get evicted.

“It is difficult for us to get the funds when the individual wants to remain anonymous, so we arranged the GoFundMe to hopefully help him out.”

The team plan to not only deep clean the whole home, but also put carpets down, repaint the walls and install a new kitchen.

“We are going to turn his whole place around,” Laura continued. “We need to do a biohazardous clean because it’s in such an unliveable state that we can’t even walk into all the rooms due to the amount of rubbish around.

“All the money we have leftover after the cleaning will go straight into getting him things like a new cupboards, a mattress and bedding – and helping him afford food and go back to work.”

According to the NHS, some hoarders “may realise they have a problem but are reluctant to seek help because they feel extremely ashamed, humiliated or guilty about it”.

Laura says the difference in the man since her organisation has been involved has been “remarkable”. She said: “As of yesterday he started going to a church group, he’s looking for furniture to put into his home – I’ve never seen him so happy.

“It’s incredible the difference some support can make.

“It takes a lot to reach out when you’re struggling, and a lot of people I’ve spoken to won’t even got to their GP – so it feels nice that they trust me and will let us support them.”

The fundraiser currently stands at £515 of its £5,000 target.

You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/transform-someones-life-with-their-property

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