New home for cancer mum

Luton mother-of-three Lola Abatan with her friend Oyin Kolawole
Luton mother-of-three Lola Abatan with her friend Oyin Kolawole

A mother-of-three with terminal cancer who has been living in a house in Wilsden Avenue with a condemned gas cooker and no washing machine is to be moved – thanks to a front page story in the Herald&Post last week.

Former Barnfield supply teacher Lola Abatan, 38, has been told by the council she will be offered a new home in Lewsey Farm.

The Nigerian-born mother who has osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, said: “I’m so grateful to you for highlighting my story. The council inspected the house on Friday and concluded it was unsafe to meet my needs.”

Since our visit last week, the fridge has also stopped working.

A council spokeswoman said: “Council officers are in daily contact with Mrs Abatan and have secured new accommodation for her and her family. We will continue to work with Mrs Abatan and support her with reviewing the property to ensure the transfer to her new home will meet her care and support needs.

“We have also served notice on the landlady requesting repairs to the property which need to be carried out. Should the landlady fail to carry out the notice, enforcement action will be taken.”