Weʼve raised £0 to my mothers cause. She suffered a heart attack and is now in £3,000 of debt. Read the full story below.
- Ipswich, United Kingdom
- Closed on Wednesday, 27th December 2017
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I know this crowd funding page isn't as important as others but it has a lot of importance to me due to it affecting my immediate family.
Background & how we got here:
My mother brought me up on her own, as a single mother, for the first seven years of my life. After this, she met a lovely man to whom she got married and had a couple of children with. They're 10 and 12 years of age now. While this may seem like a good family setting to everyone else, it couldn't be further from the truth. My step-dad became disabled and unable to work due to his own on-going health issues which meant my mother had to provide for the family and still does to this day.
In May 2016, my mother suffered a heart attack which led to her being taken into hospital immediately, where she stayed for two weeks and had a further eight weeks off work to recover from the heart attack and the tests that had to be done whilst she stayed there. The statutory sick pay was not paid into her bank account until almost a month after she was admitted. The accumulation of late rent and bill payments led to a small amount of debt. She could not repay the debt immediately due to being paid statutory sick pay which didn't even cover the rent and bill payments, let alone the late payments too. Over time this has stacked up and she unfortunately has not been successful in receiving any help from anywhere or anyone. I used money from my savings account to help her out but this wasn't enough.
Since all of this has happened, she is still unable to get on top of the debt and is back at work, working hard to provide for the family while being ordered to pay off £10 a week minimum from the debt, otherwise she faces re-possession of her home. She sometimes goes without a single hot meal a day to make sure the children can eat, she struggles to buy their uniform for school, struggles to buy food and struggles to keep the gas and electricity running. Right now, she has no money to fix the things around the house that have broken down since this all started, such as, the hoover, the tumble dryer and the car she uses to get to work. The car repairs are estimated at around £800 alone.
She now faces being kicked out of the home in which my young sisters have spent their entire life in, leaving the family homeless. I do not have enough space in my own house to facilitate them but I will do my utmost best to do whatever I can should this happen.
How the money will help:
With your help, we will pay off the debt, which will result in a number of positive outcomes, one of which being that they won't have to face re-possession. We can also provide them with warm winter coats, appropriate footwear, clothing and uniform for school. With this money we will also be able to provide them with gas, electricity and warm meals, especially over Christmas. This money will even help towards getting the car fixed so my mum can attend work as normal and earn more money to provide a better life for her children like she did for me too. This is my way of giving back and I hope you can help and be part of this cause too.
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