Deborah Hodge, a single mum marries her house as she desperately tries to avoid being evicted from home.
A single mum facing eviction has ‘married’ her house in front of family and friends in a desperate bid to keep her home.
Deborah Hodge, 43, who has named the rented house ‘Norman’, ‘wed’ the property after its owners put it on the market and issued the mum-of-four with a notice ordering her to leave by March 27.
The former deputy headteacher has set up a crowdfunding page to rake in £400,000 so she can buy the home in Bexleyheath, south east London, but has so far only managed to raise £56.
Her home, which Deborah and her family moved into in March 2014, is believed to be worth around £380,000.
She told Mirror Online: “I had a ceremony. I put my dress on.
“I don’t care – I have a method in my madness. I don’t care if people think I’m a nutter.”
“I had people there – I invited my friends and we had a bit of a drinks party afterwards at the pub, as you do after a wedding.”
Deborah, who was last month blasted on ITV’s This Morning by Phillip Schofield for spending £2,800 in benefits on her children’s Christmas presents, is appealing for people across the UK to each donate £1 to her fundraising drive.
She said: “If I can come up with the money, we can stay in Norman.
“Norman put us back together.
“When we came back here, we were a broken family.”
She added: “Norman is a man – he’s got a man’s spirit – and he looks after us.
“I think houses do have spirits sometimes.
“He’s quite small, he’s only got two bedrooms, but he is detached, so we can extend.
“You would have to take me kicking and screaming from this house.”
Asked to describe her relationship with Norman, Deborah added: “I am single but I do have a man in my life.”
Deborah has already staged a protest outside her home and says on her crowdfunding page that if the family is evicted they face being placed in cramped, temporary accommodation.
The mother, originally from Bolton, Greater Manchester, says she is unable to find another suitable rental property in the capital because she does not have a guarantor.