A desperate disabled pensioner says he's not had a working shower since Christmas Day.

Arthur Davies, 71, has been using flannels and a sink to try and wash for nearly five weeks after he said his shower in a housing association could not be used.

Mr Davies, from Runcorn, claims each time he tries to take a shower the whole wet room in his home is flooded severely.

He said: "I've been getting really depressed over it, I'm just losing my rag over it."

Mr Davies, who is a wheelchair user, has lived in the same house for 40 years, he said, but with different housing providers.

His Runcorn home is run by affordable homes provider, Onward Homes, who offers to provide help and support to vulnerable people, among others.

Arthur Davies in his shower room.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

He said he tried to take a shower on Christmas Day and his home flooded, and since then he has not been able to use a shower despite, he claims, contacting Onward Homes many times.

Onward Homes said it was "very sorry for any inconvenience or distress caused to Mr Davies following the issue with his shower."

Arthur Davies in his shower room.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

But he said: "I can't do anything. I can't even go to my daughter's or my son's house because I can't get up the stairs.

"I've just had to use a flannel. I've been getting really depressed about it, it's worse when you're in a wheelchair, there's nothing I can do really."

Mr Davies' son-in-law, Jamie Hemmings, said: "It's stressful. He's not been able to have a wash for five weeks. With him being disabled he can't go to someone else's, it's getting him down."

Mr Hemmings claimed: "They're being dead nice on the phone, but they're not helping him one bit

"If this was one of their family members in this situation, they would be on the phone every single day trying to fix it."

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A spokeswoman for Onward said: "We’re very sorry for any inconvenience or distress caused to Mr Davies following the issue with his shower.

"Our contractor has been out to the property today, identified the problem with a pipe and replaced it, which has resolved the issue and rendered the shower safe to use.

"We will also look into the situation further to find out how it has arisen and ensure we take forward any learnings for the future."