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Vanessa Cecil, 63, expects to spend Christmas living in two cars near Helmsley
A RYEDALE woman will spend Christmas Day in her car along with her three dogs and four cats after the council said it was unable to house her.
Vanessa Cecil, 63, is still living between her two cars near Carlton, Helmsley, as reported last week, after she was evicted from her home for what she describes as “no apparent reason whatsoever.”
Yet with Christmas only a week away, the former wife of David Cecil, twin brother of the late racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil, says she will now spend Christmas Day with her animals in her car.
“I have been in to the council offices but they are unable to help me because they won’t take my animals,” she said.
“And there is no way I am giving them up. The dogs and the cats are all doing well and luckily it has not been too cold yet.”
“I am just staying put at the moment trying to think of what to do. But at least I am in the car; some people have it so much worse than me.”
Despite now having to call the two cars her home, the former interior design business and wine shop owner remains upbeat about her current situation.
She is hoping that her eviction from her rented farmhouse earlier this month will raise awareness of the fact that every two minutes someone risks losing their home, according to UK housing charity Shelter.
Vanessa said: “This is even happening on Christmas Eve. It’s a disgraceful way to treat human beings. I am hoping that putting my misery out there will help Shelter.”
Vanessa has been in contact with the charity and although she says it has been unable to help her, she wants others to be made aware of the service and the help it can provide.
“When something like this happens, one must find something positive about the situation,” she said.
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