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The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.
I have suffered from mental illness now for a very long time. I tried to take my own life on more than one occasion after the passing of my mum in 2013.
I left my family home as I couldn't cope with everyday life. I ended up homeless and lost my job.
I was stopped from seeing my children which was the hardest thing that I have ever had to endure. I may not be great at a lot of things in life but being a dad is the best thing in the world. I was always there for them from day one and had a close loving relationship.
I have fought through the courts in order so they can be part of my life again.
I am trying to raise money so that my children can have a comfortable stay over and we can start building up our loving relationship once again.
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