Dagenham woman, 90, who was using mangle to clean clothes is given a washing machine by council

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 25 June 2018

Joyce Risbridger with council leader Darren Rodwell. Picture: LBBD

Joyce Risbridger with council leader Darren Rodwell. Picture: LBBD


A 90-year-old woman from Dagenham who was using a mangle to wash her clothes has been given a washing machine and a free renovation of her home by Barking and Dagenham Council.

As part of the council’s Decent Homes programme Joyce Risbridger, who has lived in the borough all her life, had the kitchen and bathroom renovated and the walls insulated in her council home.

She was also given a fridge freezer, a cooker and a new carpet for her home in Hunters Hall Road.

Joyce was paid a visit by council leader Darren Rodwell after the work was completed.

He said: “Joyce has lived in the borough all her life, and when I visited her I hadn’t seen a cleaner, well-kept home in a long time.

“We were determined to give something back and give one of our longest serving residents something she can be proud of.”

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