The lady in the terrible living conditions.
A LISBURN woman has just returned from a trip
to Romania where she helped to ease the living conditions of an
elderly couple in Romania by giving the couple's home a
Tracey Allen, along with fellow First Lisburn
Presbyterian Church members Nicola and Nadine Anderson, had been
working with the Smiles Foundation in the area for some time
when Tracey became involved in the rescue operation by
She had called by chance at the home in
Uileauc-de-Cris, close to the Tileagd region of Romania and was
staggered when she found living conditions which were beyond
belief in the home of the couple in their eighties.
The woman had been bedridden for two years
because of leg ulcers and her husband was unable to cope. The
house was in a terrible condition with damp walls and urine
causing a stench. Tracey and the group helped to move the couple
into temporary accommodation before they started to clean the
They threw out all the bedding and most of
the furniture, lifted the floorboards and started to clean the
house before repainting it and seeking out a bed and other
The couple were moved back in after 12 hours
work by the volunteers and the woman was, understandably,
The group have had many serious issues to
deal with whilst they have been in Romania and are now trying to
get access to the children's hospital after the Romanian
government would not allow them to go into the hospital, where
they hope to be able to re-home some of the children.
The Smiles Foundation need any assistance that can be given.
If you are interested, please contact Penny Kennedy at 90