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Blind Shirley OAP is homeless after builder goes bust

Samuel Thompson, 74, paid Hampton Developments Ltd to convert daughter Donna Jennings' garage in Shirley into a separate living space so he could carry on living independently and be cared for by her.

Donna Jennings has organised a garage conversion at her home for her father to live in using his life saving.
Donna Jennings has organised a garage conversion at her home for her father to live in using his life saving.

A blind pensioner who handed over £15,000 life savings to pay for a garage conversion has been left without a home after the building firm ceased trading.

Samuel Thompson, 74, paid Hampton Developments Ltd to convert daughter Donna Jennings’ garage in Shirley into a separate living space so he could carry on living independently and be cared for by her.

But the work, which should have been completed by the second week of December, was never finished after Miss Jennings was contacted by John Mansell, director of Solihull-based Hampton Developments Ltd, to say he had ceased trading and was facing bankruptcy.

Mr Thompson, a retired security guard who gave up his rented flat in Sheldon to move into the garage conversion, is still waiting for a bathroom to be fitted, carpets to be laid and the electrics and plumbing to be connected.

Samuel Thompson.
Samuel Thompson.
 

“It’s just a shell,” Miss Jennings, a care assistant, said. “The full price of £15,000 was agreed and handed over in full and the work has not been completed.

“My dad has handed over all of his life savings for this and to have to tell him, while he was in hospital, what had happened was just horrendous.”

In an email to Miss Jennings, Mr Mansell said: “I have to inform you after conversations with my accountant and the insolvency service I have no other option than ceasing to trade and I will be filing for bankruptcy during this coming week.” Mr Mansell also said he would have needed an extra £2,500 to complete the work after agreeing in a previous email to complete the whole of the project for £15,000. The Solihull News was unable to contact Mr Mansell for comment.

 

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