NHS nurse spent Christmas sleeping in car with 2 dogs and washing in supermarket

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An NHS nurse became homeless just two days before Christmas Day and is now sleeping in her car with her two dogs.

Nikki Campbell, 42, has told how she spent the festive period “crying” while walking her beloved pooches and spending the nights in a car borrowed from her nephew.

The theatre recovery nurse, who works at Royal Liverpool Hospital, even had to wash and brush her teeth in a supermarket toilet for the last two weeks.

Nikki had been staying at her sister's house since July 2020, but left with her two dogs after a falling out.

And now, she has told the Liverpool Echo that neither Liverpool City Council nor Wirral Council are willing to help her.

She said: “On December 24, I called Wirral housing options and they said I was from Liverpool so it was Liverpool Council that needs to deal with it.

“On December 28, I went to the Whitechapel Centre and they helped me fill in the paperwork, but Liverpool Council said I was not a priority and it should be Wirral Council.

“The whole thing has been a battle.

“I just need a little bit of help. I know there's people worse off than me but it has been probably the hardest time of my life.

“It's more about the dogs than anything. I just feel so bad for them, I think if I didn't have anything else to worry about apart from myself it wouldn't be quite as bad.”

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She had previously been living in a rented home, but the landlord moved her out when they wanted to sell the property.

However, a spokesman for Wirral Council has said that, when contacted on December 24, its Housing Options team had “directed” her to the Outreach Team to “assist further with accommodation”.

They also said that the offer was “not taken up” – a claim Ms Campbell denies.

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She did say that Liverpool Council outreach workers came to assess her, but that no offer of emergency housing has been made.

Nikki had two nights of respite after a local charity secured a room for her at a hotel, but she is now back on the streets with her dogs.

The Daily Star has contacted Liverpool Council for a response.

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