Briston mum: ‘I nearly cried when I first saw my new home. I was so happy’

Mum Frederica Broughton and her two small children are set to move into their new home in Briston af

Mum Frederica Broughton and her two small children are set to move into their new home in Briston after receiving the keys from Victory chief executive John Archibald and Paul Pitcher, managing director of local developer Wellington. - Credit: Newman Associates PR

Mum Frederica Broughton and her two small children are set to move into their new home in Briston this month after they received the keys last week – the 600th new home to be built by Victory since it came into existence ten years ago.

Like many, Frederica had experienced the insecurity of living in the private rented sector, when the home she had been renting in Fakenham was sold from underneath her last year, and she and her sons three-year-old Jack James and 20 month-old Charlie found themselves homeless in November. For the past two and a half months, the family has been living in a tiny box room in Fredrica's parents' home in Barney, sharing a small two-bedroom house with mum Virginia and dad Jon, two rottweilers and a shih tzu.

'Being made homeless is bad enough for anyone, but with two young kids it is very hard,' explained Frederica. 'I'm very grateful that my mum and dad took us in, but we have been living in a tiny space. It has been very difficult.

'I nearly cried when I first saw my new home. I was so happy. I was surprised how nice it looks and at the quality of everything.

'Having our own home means the children will be more settled, and Jack James will be able to start at school just around the corner in September.'


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Frederica and family received the keys to their new home from Victory chief executive John Archibald and Paul Pitcher, managing director of local developer Wellington, which worked in partnership with the Trust to bring forward the site, off Church Street in Briston. Frederica's home is one of 17 which were handed over just a week before Victory's tenth birthday.

'Seeing what a difference this makes to Frederica and her family makes all the hard work in creating new homes worthwhile,' said Mr Archibald. 'Hers is a fairly typical story of the instability of the private rented sector, and a good demonstration of why we need to continue building more new homes.'

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Meanwhile Frederica is looking forward to moving into her new home this weekend. 'It will give me my independence back, ' she said. 'It's a perfect new start – new home, new start.'

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