A disabled woman and her terminally ill husband, who were forced to live in homeless accommodation for nine months, are set to finally move into a new home of their own.
Jimmy and Margaret Campbell say they are “relieved and grateful” to finally have been offered a home in a sheltered housing complex in the Strathmartine area of the city.
The pair were forced to leave their Kirkton home last January when their ceiling collapsed, and were moved into an en-suite bedroom at the Lily Walker Centre for homeless people on Ann Street.
They ended up having to remain there for nine months, despite repeated requests to Dundee City Council for sheltered accommodation.
In October, Jimmy, 76, was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer and was given just months to live.
After a stay in hospital he and Margaret, 65, were moved into a care home on a temporary basis.
However, Jimmy and Margaret’s greatest wish was that they get a new house so Jimmy could die with dignity at home.
Margaret said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been offered a home of our own. It’s been a long time coming but we are now overjoyed.
“Jimmy is pretty unwell so it will be lovely for him in particular to get into our own house.
“Being in the homeless centre for so long was a nightmare.
“After Jimmy became ill and we were moved to the care home things improved and they were lovely to us there, but it wasn’t the same as having your own house.”
Strathmartine councillor Kevin Keenan, who helped the couple in their bid to find a home said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Jimmy and Margaret have been offered a home.
“They phoned me to tell me and they are very happy.”