‘Starving’ woman who hadn’t eaten for two weeks found on ‘millionaire’s row’


A community worker says she found a woman “starving to death” on a road where the average house price sits around £1 million.

Teresa Farrell described her shock at arriving at a bungalow on an apparently well-heeled Solihull road.

Teresa, who runs the Lily’s Tea Parlour project, recently told BirminghamLive: “Me and one of my volunteers went to this lady’s bungalow.

“I had her information before I went in and gave her a call before we knocked on her door.

“She just shouted out ‘I’m starving’. We ran to the door, she let us in and honest to god I have never seen anything like it.”

Teresa claimed the woman, in her sixties, had said she had not eaten in two weeks. She expressed exasperation at the fact no local food bank was able to help the woman.

“If we hadn’t got that food to her she would be dead now,” Teresa added.

“Something desperately needs to change. I have heard of people starving to death but when you see somebody there are big alarm bells going off.”

The volunteer, who recently opened a pop-up store in Touchwood, told of the problem of food insecurity in the south of the borough. She said people were “brushing it under the carpet because it’s supposed to be a rich part of Solihull”.

Teresa added: “Everybody is in the same boat. I don’t care where they live or where they are from or what house or what car they are driving. Something desperately needs to change.

“This woman lives around the corner from the poshest place in Solihull and she’s starving to death. What is going on? There was no help for her. It’s just horrendous. We have picked her back up and we are looking after he now.”

Teresa runs the Push On Wellbeing (POW) community interest company in Chelmsley Wood.

In June she issued a desperate plea as food supplies she uses to support the vulnerable ran low.

Parcels were left dwindling just months after her group was overloaded with donations for Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country and arriving in Solihull.

Now, as the cost of living crisis worsens, Teresa said things were going from bad to worse.

In parts of Birmingham child poverty rates are well over 40 per cent and desperate families are turning to food banks to get by.