Emotional moment as schoolgirl told she can keep family home after mum’s Covid death

Should have NEVER been in question, delighted for the girls and may they build on from here following their mother’s tragic death.

The surrounding community should be helping them too, if they need help they should reach out, always.

Full article from the Birmingham Mail Live website below…

This is the heartwarming moment a 16-year-old girl who lost her mum to Covid is told she can keep her family home – after a housing association U-turn.

Beloved Kyra King died on February 2, just weeks after the cafe worker contracted coronavirus. The mum of five was just 48-years-old.

We told how devastated daughter Courtney Johnson, 23, had become the guardian of her 16-year-old sister Milly Hawkins, who is currently living with her.

But the sisters were told they could not keep tenancy of the four-bedroom family home their mum had rented in Bevan Lee Road in Cannock, for 15 years before her death.

As a result Milly was forced to sleep on the settee at her elder sister’s three-bedroomed home, which she shares with her three-year-old daughter, her partner and his two kids.

The moment  Milly Hawkins  is told they can keep their house

But now Sanctuary Housing has answered the sister’s prayers by allowing them to keep the home – news that Courtney broke to an emotional Milly today – a poignant moment caught on video.

A delighted Courtney said: “We got the house! I just can’t believe it. We’re over the moon, Milly can’t stop crying.

“Sanctuary Housing rang me, I couldn’t hear everything but I heard them explain that they were giving me the tenancy.

“They said that it was the law that they couldn’t give us it and that they’d just been doing their jobs but they’d looked again and the decision had come back quicker than they expected.

“It just means so much to us.”

Courtney Johnson, 23, whose mum Kyra King died of Covid

A spokesperson for Sanctuary Housing said: “We understand how deeply upsetting recent events have been for the family. Given the exceptional and highly complex circumstances, we have taken a compassionate view of this matter and used our discretion to offer Miss Johnson the opportunity to take on the tenancy.

“In reaching our decision, we have taken account of stakeholder views and given careful regard to the 16-year-old sibling who wants to remain in the home where she has lived for almost all her life. We will now work with Miss Johnson to ensure her family can move into this property as soon as possible.”

Mum-of-five Kyra fell ill with Covid over Christmas and was bedbound from New Year’s Day. She was later rushed to hospital after suffering with breathing difficulties.

She was eventually placed in a coma but died on February 2 after developing pneumonia.

Courtney Johnson, 23, whose mum Kyra King died of Covid

As well as Courtney, Kyra left behind an older son Jordan, 27, as well as a younger 10-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, who are now living with their dad, who is also Milly’s father.

Support worker Courtney previously said: “It was my mum’s wish that Milly live with me and she wanted to stay with me and that’s the agreement I have had with her dad.

“Her dad lives nearby and is very supportive and we’re in the middle of finalising the guardianship.”

Support worker Courtney rents a property in Crab Lane, Cannock, which she shares with her three-year-old daughter, her partner and his two kids who visit for a number of days a week. That meant that Milly had to sleep on her settee.

Courtney told us: “I’m just trying to be as strong as I can but Milly’s not sleeping, she’s constantly crying, she’s asking when she can go home.

“She’s suffering quite badly. I’m there for her all the way, she knows I’m there and she knows she can talk to me which is good.

“She’s in Year 11, in the middle of doing her mock exams and she doesn’t feel she’s even got the headspace for it at the moment.

“With her sleeping at mine on my sofa she feels like she hasn’t got the time to study.”

She added: “I’ve got three bedrooms, my daughter has a bedroom, I have a bedroom and my partner’s children who come four times a week have a bedroom.

“I’ve told Sanctuary I can afford the rent and that I’ll give them three months up front if they want.

“It’s the house, it’s the memories, it’s where we all grew up, it’s where the grandchildren grew up.

“We all grew up here. Even though my daughter never lived here, she grew up here because she was always here with me.

“I was here every day with my mum.”