A Merseyside family say they have 'no choice' but to continue living in a damp house.

Linda Connolly claims her family have no appliances or electricity in the kitchen of their St Helens home after excessive damp was found.

The mum said the issues with the house are even more challenging because her one-year-old daughter Lily has Type 1 diabetes.

She claims the family are having to run an extension cable to keep their fridge on, which has her daughter's life saving insulin inside.

Linda told the ECHO the issues at the home began after work started on the kitchen but was halted when excessive damp was found.

The work was initially due to take around 10 days to complete.

But the housing association say they are aware of the situation and have already started to make 'significant repairs' to resolve the problems.

The 38-year-old told the ECHO : "It’s awfully stressful because I can’t leave Lily’s side at the moment, if she has a hypo event it can leave her in a coma.

"We can’t go into the kitchen because it's so unsafe and it's absolutely freezing. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

"The radiator doesn’t work in the kitchen either, but we have no choice but to put all our belongings into the kitchen because there is no room to keep them anywhere else.

"We have pulled an extension lead into the kitchen so the fridge will stay on for the insulin, without that she’d die."

(lleft to right) Lilly Connolly-Lloyd 22 months old, Mum Linda Connolly, Dad Darren Lloyd, son Zak lloyd, age 9 and daughter Saoirse Connolly-Lloyd, age 4.

Linda claims her family have been living in damp at the Garton Lane home since 2019 and she had reported it to her housing provider Your Housing Group.

However the situation became worse when builders uncovered ‘sodden’ walls while doing work on the kitchen.

The family claim that despite reporting the damp, they hadn't requested for any work to be completed on the kitchen. They claim their housing provider insisted the work was carried out.

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Linda Connolly, originally from Ireland, said: "We didn’t want to leave the house and we didn’t want the work done to the kitchen either.

"But Your Housing came in and said the kitchen needed to be redone.

"Personally we spent thousands on this house putting carpet and blinds in.

"The wall upstairs has had bad damp since 2019 and we had complained previously about it.

St Helens family have been left in damp and without a kitchen in their home

"But now it’s basically a waterfall, it has seeped right through into the electrics and made everything really bad.

"It's raining in through the window in the kitchen too."

Linda said she has been told work cannot continue on the kitchen until the treated damp ‘dries out’.

She said: "We are using the bathroom sink next to the toilet to wash dishes, it's ridiculous.

"We have a type 1 diabetic daughter, who is going to Whiston [hospital] to have a pump fitted this week.

St Helens family have been left in damp and without a kitchen in their home

"We are spending time in hospital for god knows how many hours, so it's ridiculous to come out to this.

"Maybe if they’d [Your Housing Group] listened to me in 2019 when I first complained about damp this could have been avoided.

"The smell of damp and mould is starting to make us sick."

Your Housing Group told the ECHO the family was offered temporary accommodation and a hotel room but Linda said neither was adequate for the family's needs and they needed a permanent home.

Saoirse Connolly-Lloyd, age 4, in her home which has no appliances or electricity in the kitchen

Jacque Allen, chief operating officer, Your Housing Group said: "We are aware of this situation and have commenced with some significant repairs to resolve the problems they have experienced.

"We have already removed the kitchen. We have kept our customers informed during the process and offered alternative accommodation, whilst our customers have not wanted to take this up, we will continue to keep the offer of a temporary move open to them.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience and upset this has caused, but we are already in the process of carrying out the repairs and will continue to do all we can to support our customers until the matter is resolved."