Help Hashim: Urgent appeal for rehoming

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Help Hashim: Urgent appeal for rehoming

Shortly before Christmas we received a referral from a social worker at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to help the Al-Alawi family from Rochdale, who were living in crisis in a very unsafe home.

Fahima and Al-Habib Al-Alawi, had originally paid builders to modify their home for their fourteen-year-old son, Hashim, who has a brain tumour. Hashim has already undergone three operations at RMCH and had pioneering proton beam therapy in America on the tumour, funded by the NHS.

He desperately needs to live on the ground floor of the house, which meant the need to modify the existing space in the house to create a bedroom and bathroom. Hashim requires a high level of care, and faces emotional and physical challenges on a day-to-day basis, including avoiding infections and 24-hour-a-day monitoring.

The house was left in disarray and the family penniless, but they are set to get repairs to their house, completely free of charge, after Bolton-based building contractors Mercer Group heard of the family’s plight and stepped in to help.

CEO of Mercer Building Group, David Mercer, said:

“Once I’d seen the house, I had to do something, and Hashim needs a clean environment. They were living in hell on earth.

“I live in Rochdale and lots of my lads do too, so it hit quite close to home. People can’t live like that.”

Mr Mercer will be overseeing the repairs, which will include repairing the unstable floor, a leaking roof which caused inside flooding and plasterwork. The family had also been left with no central heating, exposed wires and no electrics to the middle floor of the house. New stairs and banisters are also required in addition to Hashim’s new rooms. They had also been sleeping on mattresses without any beds.

All the materials and everything needed will be donated by Mercer’s suppliers.

Now work is set to start we urgently need to rehome the whole family for a month by Monday 6 February. There is no option for them to be able to stay in the property during this time.

We have set up a fundraising page to cover the cost of temporary accommodation for them, which you can donate to here.

If you can help rehome the family, contact Dawn Fidler from The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity: or phone 0161 763 8787.


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