Heartbreak as grandmother loses home and family to drink – ‘Banned from daughter wedding’

Julie, aged 56, is now homeless and sleeps in her car by a park with her dog, a Cockapoo Ruby. She was not allowed to attend her own daughter’s wedding, and has only seen her grandchildren once “by chance”.

Speaking to Hull Live, Julie explained how her life began to fall apart

She said: “Two and a half years ago is when this all started really, I had everything, a job at the council, house paid off, husband, I was happy.

“I broke my back in an accident, I had to have an operation, the break had been missed at first in the hospital and I was in a lot of pain, I’d always drunk a bit but I started drinking more.

“It was for pain but then I carried on, I’d had a job after my day job looking after an old man in the area near my home not that far from here.

“After I’d broken my back I didn’t go back to the day job as I was still struggling so the caring role was all I had. I got caught having a drink on the job and that was it.”

As Julie’s problems mounted, her relationship with other family members deteriorated.

She explained: “In the end, 32 years of marriage just stopped, I lost my home and my husband to it and now I barely even see my children.

“I couldn’t go to my own daughter’s wedding, I wasn’t allowed to, I was kept away and I accept it was the right thing to do but it breaks my heart.

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“I’ve seen one of my own grandchildren once and that was only because we were in a park at the same time by some chance, I haven’t been able to visit, they don’t know who I am.”

When interviewed Julie was sat on a park bench, barefoot.

She had “the stump of a cigarette” in one hand, and “a half-empty can of imported lager” in the other.

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The grandmother lamented: “Honestly, if you could have only seen me two years ago, I wasn’t anything like this, if I could wind back time and start again none of this would ever happen.”

Julie explained sleeping in her car is safer than on the street, but it does suffer from condensation.

She expressed hope authorities will help find her another place to live, and rebuild her life.

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