"Due to health issues in 2002 and needing to care for my dad I had to give up work and since then have had to rely on benefits. My health has deteriorated and I have struggled with alcohol dependency. I find it difficult to live on the money I receive and have no money to buy a cooker. If I could get help towards buying a cooker then I can prepare more meals myself and cut the cost of buying precooked food as this is very expensive. The worry of this effects my sleeping and day to day living."
L is a single parent struggling on Universal Credit and in need of help towards oil. The family live in a rural location and can only use oil for heating and for hot water. Any help would be very much appreciated so that they can avoid taking out a loan to stay warm this winter. The family have no support network and can not borrow money from friends or family. Any donation would be hugely appreciated.
J has recently had a huge car bill. She lives in high private rent (after having been asked to leave another house due to a landlord wishing to sell) and she has now found that she is unable to afford oil to heat their home. She is a lone parent who has previously had a debt relief order and so is unable to take out any loans. Any help towards oil costs would make a huge difference for the family and allow them to have a warm home with hot water over winter.
My client has just moved out of an area due to Antisocial Behaviour from people they are afraid of. Moving On Durham have moved them into a safer environment. They would really benefit from a hoover as they have not got one and are struggling to buy items for their new home. This will help them hugely with independent living.
We are working with a young man who has been refused his asylum claim in the UK, but is now working with the Red Cross to help him make a fresh asylum claim. If this is successful, he will then be entitled to housing with support from the Home Office again, but in the meantime he would be very grateful for your help to pay for food and accommodation.
'A' is a single parent of 2 boys age 7 and 3. They don't get any support from their father. The boys share a bedroom, but there is nowhere to put their clothes so they are in piles on the floor. Mum said she would love a large chest of drawers, 5 drawers with 2 small drawers at the top. This would help the boys to try to keep their room tidy as well as giving them space for their clothes.
G is moving from temporary supported accommodation into his own unfurnished flat. He's worked hard to get this following a very hard year: his wife passed away earlier this year and he was assaulted last month, leaving him requiring surgery on his back. A washing machine would mean that he no longer has to travel to a laundrette, something that he will struggle with due to his ongoing back injury and ulcerated leg. G engages well with support and is really motivated to make a go of his new flat.
S is living alone and on a very tight budget and can only work part time due to health issues. Her car is now broken and she's having to get the bus to work as she lives in a village. She has £7,000 worth of debt and needs to go through a Debt Relief Order. This will stop her being evicted, allow her to move property, be away from harassing neighbours. She has had a terrible year with her Mum dying, amongst health issues, the DRO will bring much relief to her. Please help her to be free of debt and have a hope for the future
This single woman suffers from depression and health problems, and has massive issues with going outside. All of these mean she is unable to work, and struggles financially. Her brother does help out practically but is not able to help financially. She currently does not have a fridge freezer, and would be very grateful for help to purchase one.
JM is mum to an 18 month old daughter and is struggling with her finances. Last year she moved benefits on to Universal Credit (UC). This caused lots of problems for her. She has a number of debts (bailiffs have now been instructed and this is causing J acute stress and anxiety) and we are supporting with these. J advised us that she doesn't have a washing machine and is washing all the families clothes by hand. With a small child not having a washing machine is proving a real challenge.
A lives alone and claims means tested benefits and suffers with poor health. She has been struggling financially to manage and is needing some support. She is needing help to pay her bills at this time of year as winter approaches and help towards her gas and electricity bills would be greatly appreciated.
N is a mum of 4 children and has been the subjected to domestic violence. The perpetrator has been sentenced to 3 months imprisonment but will be out in December 2018. The police have fitted an alarm to her house (which goes direct to their station) and they have advised her to fit CCTV. Social services have contributed to the cost but mum has to fund the rest. £120 will help to cover this.
D lives alone and has mental health issues. She claims Universal Credit, but has benefit deductions which means that she is struggling and is in debt. She is in need of a new cooker as her old one has broken. She cannot afford to buy a new cooker so any help would be greatly appreciated.
C lives with her son who has autism. They have been living in a privately rented property for many years. Her landlord has just given her 21 days notice and is putting up the rent to a higher level that she cannot afford. She is having to move into a council property but she cannot afford the removal costs. £120 would really help this family who are urgently needing support.
K lives alone and claims means tested benefits for poor health, but at the moment these are just not covering the costs of her living expenses. She needs some support to feed herself and to pay her bills. She is relying on the help of a local food bank. Any support would really help K get back on her feet and would give her a real boost. Thank you.
This lady's making a new start after leaving an abusive relationship. She was controlled in regards to money, what she could spend & what bills she paid. She now has a tenancy of her own, but has no carpets without which it doesn't feel like home. Carpets would boost her mental health & make the place warmer & save money. She's applied to the council for help but was declined due to debts she accrued with her ex. She's now working on budgeting & clearing debts with an agency & is doing well.
Mr R has 6 young children and is wanting a fresh start away from his debts. He is now settled with his partner, and they are both tackling their debts together. He has a poorly pancreas which means doing any work for a long period of time is not possible. They are a loving couple, who were thrilled to hear about the work your charity does. Having the £90 paid for his Debt Relief Order will mean they are debt free for Christmas. Thank you very much.
D is a young man with almost no income. He is awaiting payments from Universal Credit and has been unable to pay his portion of his rent for a significant time. Housing Benefit is covering all but £60 of his rent to a housing charity, but £120 would cover his 2 months of rent whilst he awaits payment from Universal Credit.
D is a vulnerable young man who is living on next to nothing as a result of long standing problems with his universal credit claim. £120 would be given to him in instalments from his accommodation provider in order for him to buy weekly food shops at £40 for the next 3 weeks whilst he awaits a payment from Universal Credit, hopefully on 20 December.
R is a young man who has lived in supported accommodation provided by a Christian charity for the last year. R is in paid employment but due to his fluctuating income his housing benefit entitlement has been varied leaving him with some arrears. He will need to clear these arrears to move on to independent accommodation, which he hopes to do in the New Year.
L has 3 children aged 10, 7 and 3, her husband is unable to work due to ill health and so money is short. Not realising the drain was blocked caused water to feed back into her washing machine and the electrics gave up. At the same time her fridge freezer has packed up. L would be so grateful if donors could help her replace the washing machine.
My client is a recovering addict who suffers from depression and extreme anxiety. He is working on various issues around this. One of the things that really helps with his mental ill-health, is going to his local gym- it gives him a focus and helps with depression and anxiety. However, he is struggling to afford the membership on the benefits he receives- £120 would pay for a 6 month membership for him & help to give him a focus and take small steps towards improving his mental health.
My client spent a period of time homeless after his release from prison. He is fortunate to have recently moved into a stable home, but has no furniture or furnishings. He has a young son, who he hopes to have come to stay at weekends, but without any furniture or white goods this is not possible. We would be so grateful for any donations towards helping my client settle into his new house, make it a home, and provide a good environment for his son to visit. Any help would be much appreciated.
A is a young woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. She finally left her abusive partner and he started harassing her and sending abusive messages. He turned up at her house and damaged the door in an effort to force entry. Last month he also broke her window trying to break in. A lives alone and pays high private rent. The cost to repair the damaged door and window is about £200. A cannot afford to repair the damage as most of her money goes on rent.
E has been using a table top hob to cook for her and her family since her cooker was deemed unsafe. She is unable to afford a new cooker and a friend donated her portable hob to help out, but it is proving difficult to manage to cook for 6 using just two hot plates and a tiny oven. She would be grateful for this money as she can secure a tested second hand one from a local supplier and would be able to get it as soon as funds are there so she can cook christmas dinner. Please help, thank you.
This lovely lady has returned from 8 years of living abroad, because of domestic violence. She is living in a draughty caravan on a site where she feels unsafe and vulnerable. She has been refused benefits including housing benefits. She works a few hours a week but the money hardly covers rent and bills. Please would you help this lady with a donation. She is suffering from fibromyalgia and is depressed so any help would be a boost to her. Thank you.
This family have come into difficulties due to changing onto universal credit. They have no money coming in until this is sorted. With 5 children they are in desperate need to purchase winter shoes and wellington boots. S helps out at the church children's group and although a newcomer in the community she is making a great attempt at integrating.
G has a number of health issues which means she is unable to work. She relies on benefits and is currently appealing a benefit decision which is adding to her stress. She struggles to pay for life's necessities and as winter progresses has no suitable footwear, jumpers or trousers. She is in desperate need of these to stay warm. Any help would make a huge difference to G's situation.
A.L. lived in a tent for 2 months having been evicted by her landlord; she hadn't owed rent before, but when she made a Universal Credit Claim she had to tell her landlord that it would be 5 weeks before she would be paid her rent benefit. Sadly he just evicted her. Luckily Angela now has a flat with a more sympathetic landlord, but being homeless has effected her health and she lost most of her belongings. We would like to ask you to donate £120 to help A.L to replace underwear, clothing, shoes and toiletries that she lost in moving house.
Our client and her husband have custody of their 7 year old grandson who is diagnosed with a terminal illness called leaukodystrophy, COPD and dementia. Walls are being knocked out in the house to fit a lift as neither her or her husband can lift the child upstairs. I am asking for a donation of £120.00 as where the walls are being knocked out will need redecorating and the family cannot afford to do this. The landlord is providing flooring but the family need help with decorating this space.
Mr I is a new tenant moving from the Salvation Army, which provides accommodation for homeless young men. He left Sudan in Oct 2016, and so far has not had a place to call his own. This will be his first tenancy and the flat he has moved into is unfurnished. Mr I has already shown commitment towards being a good tenant by completing a Young Persons Pre-Tenancy Qualification, and he is studying English. I am asking for £120 donation to get him some second hand furniture.
Our client was diagnosed in June 2018 with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression as a result of a psychotic boyfriend. Events with her boyfriend in the flat left her with PTSD and struggling to be in her flat. She hasn’t the option of moving due to rent arrears so she is looking to change the flat by re-decorating. She is unable to afford decorating materials as she is currently struggling to survive on benefits and can barely afford food each month. I’m requesting help towards decorating materials.
This lady is working with Christians Against Poverty to tackle her debts. She has has recently relocated to make a fresh start with her 2 daughters. She is in need of a cooker to be able to prepare cooked food for her and her daughters. All their diets are negatively affected by lack of adequate cooking facilities.
Sadly our client had to flee from her home due to an abusive partner, the police were involved but by the time they confirmed it was safe for her to return to her previous home to collect her personal belongings the ex-partner had destroyed all her things. Please help her with a donation to buy some clothes, shoes and microwave, as she has no cooker in the temporary flat she has been given. Thank you.
A 42-year old female refugee living in Leeds is looking for work, but all jobs require her to have her driving license. She needs £120 to take 4 lessons (£25 each) and to cover the cost of the used book and the theory test cost. This would enable her to help her to gain employment and help her family.
G is in receipt of Universal Credit and has recently moved into the area from London. He has had to furnish his home and pay a small top up on his rent. He is struggling to find his feet financially due to this. He is originally from Poland and has very limited English vocabulary. One of his commitments to his UC claim is to attend an English as a second language course however he is finding it difficult to pay for the travel costs. Please help this gentleman with his fresh start.
H is a single mum of 2 who recently moved onto Universal Credit. She is a carer for one of her daughters but suffers with poor mental and physical health herself. She had been just about coping but now finds attachments to her benefits are leaving her with virtually nothing to live on. Help with a food shop and heating would relieve the pressure until she gets paid again. Thank you for any help offered.
J came to us for help with debts that had arisen following the death of her son earlier this year. She is emotionally, physically and mentally drained but getting a debt relief order would take off alot of pressure and give her a chance to start a life again. She is isolated and doesn't have any family to turn to for help. Thank you for any help offered.
Mum has 3 young daughters and really struggles with her mental health. One of her major anxieties has been about the state of her carpets. This is going to have a real impact on mum’s well being because she always presents as so down and ashamed of her carpet, despite reassurances from people about it.
This client came to us after being referred by a local council One Stop Shop. He has recently had his benefits stopped as he started a new job, but they stopped his housing benefit by mistake. The client has had to take out various loans to ensure his bills are paid, his heating and light is paid and he has food for the month. This funding would help him to pay off the loans and the interest and ensure he does not go further into debt.
D has had to leave her home due to violence and abuse by her husband. She has left with her adult son who has “special needs”. D has managed to get a flat for herself and her son, and is starting to rebuild her life. Unfortunately the flat they have moved into does not have any carpets and she has approached us to see if we can help towards a new carpet.
S, 24, grew up in and out of the care system then eventually lived with her grandma. When her grandma died, S went badly off the rails and ended up with a prison sentence. S was released last week, to no accommodation, and is desperately trying to rebuild her life but she doesn't even have a GP or a bank account, nor any means to get this without ID. She is engaging with our Christian prison leaver charity, and we are helping her rebuild her life one bit at a time.
L is a single lady with various health issues. She has over £10,000 worth of debts and her only way forward is to do a Debt Relief Order. She is on a very, very tight budget on Universal Credit and has no way of saving for this fee which will release her from all this debt. Please consider helping her to release the stress of all this debt. She has rent arrears so this will also release her from the threat of eviction- she has a suspended possession order in place also.
E struggles to manage the household budget. Her partner works on a zero hours contract and their income is never guaranteed. They are behind with their council tax and utility bills. The local authority is threatening to issue a committal to prison and their electricity provider is threatening to cut off their supply. A Debt Relief Order would give E and her family a financial fresh start and with additional support make them better able to manage their budget going forward.
R is a single Mum who has fled an abusive relationship. By moving to another area she had to reapply for benefits resulting in a 4 week delay. She is trying to manage on Child Benefits and Child Tax credits. She is behind with her council tax and electricity bill. Please help her so she doesn't get deeper in debt.
S is struggling with PTSD at present, but is gradually getting back on his feet and regaining independence. However, at present he is on a very low income and his glasses broke recently. He is struggling to see without them and would be very grateful some help to buy a new pair.
This lovely mum of a young child has been made homeless after the breakup up of a long term relationship, and she is having to start from scratch. She needs help with some cooking equipment- casserole dish, baking trays and saucepans, etc.
KH is a 30 year old physically disabled single parent, who lives on benefits. Life is very difficult for her as she finds it hard to make ends meet, as she is unable to work due to her disability. A small donation towards a debt relief order, helping KH into a new start, would be much appreciated.
Our client has been homeless and had serious addiction problems for over sixteen years. He has just moved into his first flat which has no proper flooring in the lounge, bedrooms or hall. He has made huge efforts to change his life and is rightly proud of how far he has come. Nonetheless he needs to stay warm and know the security of a welcoming home. Without support he will not be able to purchase the carpets he needs as he is on benefits and only just makes ends meet.
SM is a 25 year old single man with severe special needs, due to a mental illness. He cannot work due to his disability, and he gets benefits for his illness. SM got into some debt which is causing his illness to be worse due to the anxiety it causes him. We are trying to help him remove these debts so he can feel better. Please if you could help SM in any small way it would be much appreciated.
TM is a 44 year old married woman, with a 24 year old special needs son who she cares for full time. Her income is only a carers allowance, so money is very tight. TM has got some debts that we are trying to help her with so she can get her life back on track. Please if you could help in any small way to assist this lady to remove the burden she has she would be so grateful.
AB needs a bed for her son, aged 8. He's outgrown his toddler bed and can't fit into it any more, so has been sharing with his mother for several years. Urgent need for a full size bed that will last him through to his teens. Your donation will help give them privacy. Thank you.
Christians Against Poverty are supporting a lady to manage her debts. She has been alcohol dependant for many years but has now completed a successful detox and has been sober for 5 weeks. She is now looking to the future with hope. She has no carpets in her flat and we want to raise this money so she can feel relaxed and comfortable at home.
My client has recently left her foster care placement and is now living in supported housing. She has received a welfare assistance grant, however still needs a few items to live in the property such as hoover, tv cabinet and bedding. This would really help towards building her future and living independently.
My client has no hoover due to it breaking. He has no funds to replace this, he is on Universal Credit and struggling to manage everyday items without the added pressure of replacing the hoover. He lives in supported housing to learn basic living skills.
A young man with post traumatic stress is now receiving support and has obtained a property but has nothing to furnish the home. He particularly needs a microwave, kitchen items and bedding. Would Acts 435 be able to help him with his fresh start? He would be so grateful!
S has applied for universal credit following ill health & has been told this will not be paid until January. She has used her reserves, been going without food & heat so she can feed the kids & warm the house when they come in from school, then going to bed so she can keep warm. She is drinking cold water to fill herself up. CAP are now involved, we are helping with sorting things out but would like to help her do a food shop to supplement her food bank items & top up her gas & electric. Thanks
S is an asylum seeker living in Leeds. He is really keen to continue his education and study an MA in engineering at university. In order to apply to study he needs to pass the IELTS exam, an accredited language exam that proves his level of English is the accepted standard to study at university. S is studying very hard to pass the exam, but unfortunately he cannot afford to pay the exam fee himself as he currently lives on just over £36.00 per week.
K has moved out of the refuge with her 2 kids and due to her change of circumstances & area has had to claim universal credit. The job coach has told her she won’t get her first payment in time for Christmas. She has the presents sorted, but is now struggling for gas and electric and has been told warm home discount has ended this year. CAP are providing Christmas food and treats, she needs a restock to get them through the next few weeks and is using food bank. Please help.
A 44 year old asylum seeking woman is studying in Leeds (English and Maths). Her course requires her to use a computer, and Google classroom. She has limited use of library computers, and so would find a laptop life-changing. Please help her to acquire a used laptop for her studies and to settle in the UK well.
Our Client from the Selby & District Foodbank is going through a very difficult and emotional time due to ill health that has cost him his job, his relationship and now his pride. He is on the way to better health but needs some good quality walking boots and warm clothing for the coming months. We would greatly appreciate your help for this person to help us getting him back on his feet. Thank you for your assistance.
S has been living in a women's refuge for the last eight months and has now been offered council housing. However, the property is a new build and is therefore unfurnished and has no carpets or flooring. S is a single parent with two children and would hugely appreciate any help towards affording flooring and carpets for her new property.
This 44 year old lady was made redundant last year and has struggled to gain further employment. She is reliant upon job seeker's allowance which barely covers her essential outgoings and she is no longer able to meet her debt repayments. The constant demands for money have caused her to become depressed and anxious as she feels trapped by her situation. A debt adviser has recommended a Debt Relief Order which would mean she could start afresh but she cannot afford the fee.
An asylum seeking woman living in Leeds is desperate for a computer as her very old computer has broken. She now has no means to email, go on the internet or keep in contact with others. She has found a used computer for £120. Please contribute to this request so she can access information that will help her situation and relieve her stress.
D has suffered with stomach cancer. As a result the family have been concentrating on getting her well and consequently debts have mounted. We are currently applying for a debt relief order, and they would be very grateful for your help with the fee.
M was living independently but due to a house fire lost everything and had to be rehoused. He is on Employment Seekers Allowance and has medical issues including heart, circulation and mental health issues. M also has a problem with alcohol intake for which he is having help from a rehabilitation programme. He has experienced much stress and anxiety due to the fire. M is a baker and finds cookery therapeutic. This helps with all his problems. Any help would be gratefully received.
D has been supporting his wife through cancer & associated health problems. Sadly they have accrued debts which means they've struggled to cope. We have been assisting them with food & finances and are ready to apply for a debt relief order for them. It would make such a difference if they didn't have financial issues to worry about during this difficult time.
M is on Universal Credit but has been ill recently and unable to work his allocated hours and it will be some time before his payments are restarted. He has been sent 2 food bank vouchers today but is concerned that fresh items are not available, which his doctor has said is a necessity if his health is not to deteriorate. He also needs assistance with his gas and electric- his illness means it is important his home is kept warm. M is also seeking help from Christians Against Poverty.
E has been struggling with her mental health for many years since she was a victim of an attack which left her in a coma. Despite her partner working they are struggling financially and a pre-paid prescription card for her medication would be very much appreciated at this difficult time.
A lives alone with her children. She was working until the birth of her youngest who is 8 months old. Due to the change in financial state, she has been overpaid by tax credits who had calculated an `in year reduction` which has reduced her tax credit payments by £500 per month. This is leaving her in a financial crisis and she is struggling to feed her children and heat her home. Please help the lady with a small amount of living costs during this difficult period.
H, her husband and three children (the youngest aged two) live in a two-bedroom house without any carpets or floor coverings in the living room or kitchen. Both parents suffer from ill health and they are struggling with debt. A rug to cover the living room floor would mean that the children can play safely instead of on bare floors.
W had to move house due to her daughter being harassed. The harassment was so bad that the matter went to court. The family got moved out of the area. They are in a new flat but there is no flooring. They tried to get a loan but did not succeed. They would be very grateful for any help that can be given. Thank you.
S is a lovely lady who has had a difficult time. She became an alcoholic and got into an abusive relationship where her debts spiralled. She managed to escape and spent some time in a refuge. She has now managed to turn things around with support, and has been off alcohol for over a year. She has a job but is still on a very low income and working hard to pay off her debts. A debt relief order would wipe her debts and give her a fresh start. Can you help?
A&M are a lovely couple working with Christians Against Poverty. They both got into debt as a result of difficult circumstances, especially A who was struggling as a single mum. They are working really hard to stick to an incredibly tight budget. They have had to give up their car, which means M can no longer care for his granddad. They also recently suffered a traumatic miscarriage. Can you help this couple by donating to a debt relief order fee? This is the second request as DRO fees are needed for both.
M lives with her two sons, 11 and 18. She has been moved into temporary accommodation and now faces a huge energy bill; part of the bill is from the previous tenant but the energy company is refusing to clear any of the bill. £120 would help her clear a chunk of the bill and make it more manageable.
LO fled domestic abuse and she and her four children lived in a refuge. She has now been offered a house but she has no benefits in place yet and no cooker. She is so worried that she will not be able to cook a meal for her children on Christmas day. We can get her a reconditioned cooker for £120.00 if you would be so kind as to donate to this lovely family.
NR has done really well to budget for her and her four children, she used to work part time but had to stop working due to her health. Now she relies on just her benefits, she thought by putting a little away each week she would be OK to cover the additional cost of Christmas but then her washer broke and the launderette is expensive for a family with 4 children. Having a reconditioned washer would really help this family - thank you.
Single mum who is pregnant (due in one month) and also has a 5 year old daughter. They are in temporary accommodation due to domestic abuse, but have found somewhere to live. They need help with buying bedroom furniture such as beds, wardrobes, etc. The family has lived in temporary accommodation (bed and breakfast) for several months, and mum is struggling to keep her head above water. Now they have a chance for a new beginning.
This young couple have just had their first child together. Mum was homeless for a while, and was given a bedsit, but now that they are a family they have been given a flat. They have struggled to work on a low wage, and have not relied on benefits, but this means that they are not entitled to any financial help. They are trying to get hold of a sofa, some storage and a cooker- with you help we can find as many second hand items as we can to purchase and provide for this young family.
This young lady has been homeless for the past 3 weeks. She is moving into NACRO supported housing today, but she doesn't get paid for two weeks so would be very grateful if we could help her pay to top up her gas and electric. We don't want her to be left cold and in the dark in her new home.
This man has been living with his sister until he moved to his own tenancy recently. He was not eligible for any statutory help and has had no cooking equipment since moving in. He suffers with severe mental health problems & rarely goes out. He also has a long term alcohol abuse problem & has support from a number of agencies. He needs a halogen cooker to enable him to manage his life & maintain his health. He struggles to survive on benefits, and hasn't been able to save for this.
Delays in benefit payments mean that E is unable to top up his gas and electric. He is applying to British Gas for the Warm Home Discount but this will take some time to come through and he will struggle to make it through the current cold snap. Please could you help E to keep warm.
A young male with poor mental health has moved into his own property after residing in supported accommodation. He needs decorating materials to make the home his own which will help his mental well being. Please can you help?
C has 5 children and has been told it could be 6-12 weeks for Universal Credit to be sorted out. She is now in week 6. However her washing machine has broken and she needs help towards purchasing another.
T and her 4 year old daughter have an old cooker where the oven has stopped working and the gas hob keeps cutting out. Fixing it would cost more than a replacement so she is looking for some help in getting a new cooker before winter really sets in and Christmas arrives.
Single mum of three young boys, recently moved to the area to escape a very difficult family situation. The family are now in need of carpets to make the home warm and welcoming - at present they are managing with rugs and odd bits of carpet here and there and we would love to give them the gift of new carpets which they cannot afford themselves. We have separately requested help towards carpets, however we would be very grateful for help towards the fitting of the carpets also.
This single father is temporarily out of work due to managing his son's health needs. He has his two children living with him and is struggling to pay for bills and general living expenses. Their washing machine has also recently broken and he is struggling to stay on top of things. This funding would allow them to pay off the urgent bills and buy a second hand washing machine.
M became a Christian in prison having been in and out of kids homes and prisons for 27 years. He came off drugs and got involved in leading Alpha small groups, leading others to faith. Since coming out of prison he has reconciled with his family, been seeking work and got in church and a leadership course. He lives in a rural area and has to travel to church, the leadership course and job interviews. His benefit payments have been delayed so a months travel pass costing £100 would really help.
This single mother of 2 recently had her house burgled and she is absolutely devastated- not only did they take cash and personal items but they stole all of the presents that had been bought for the children. She had been saving up for a while and is now really struggling as she does not know where to turn to. This funding would help her continue to pay for bills and have some things over Christmas.
K is a single mum with 3 children. She used to work part time but it came to light that she had been overpaid on housing benefit and council tax credit. This has been taken off her earnings over the last year and she has gone into full-time work to try to make up the money. Despite this, she is still getting into debt and struggling with basic costs. Help to pay for fuel costs would make a big difference and would give her the extra support she needs to see her through till her deductions end.
G and his 5 year old daughter are struggling with money in the run up to Christmas. They are living off £20 a week due to a problem with universal credit and he is struggling to put food on the table. They have no family or friends to help them. G is heartbroken that his daughter may go without Christmas presents this year. We would love to provide him with supermarket vouchers so he could go shopping for food and a few gifts for his little girl.
P has had a long battle with serious drug addictions but for the last 10 months he has been clean and in that time he has experienced remarkable breakthroughs in his spiritual life and also family life. In the last number of weeks he has been allowed access to see his two daughters after a period of 5 years. Due to a switch over in his benefits he will not receive any income until after Christmas which means he has no money available to buy his daughters a Christmas present.
S and M have 3 children and have been on a debt management plan with Christians Against Poverty since August 2017. They are constantly struggling to maintain their household spending as they live on a low income. This year S has started a part time degree course in social work and her ability to juggle this whilst managing her home has been amazing. They are low on heating oil at the moment and a gift of oil would really bless them and help them as they go forward.
S is working well with Christians Against Poverty but has had several stays in hospital recently due to life limiting health issues. Her cooker is broken which means she has not been eating a brilliant diet. Now home again it would be lovely to provide her with a replacement cooker to enable her and her grown up son to make healthy meals.
S needs help to pay off her debts and buy enough food for her home. She's owing on her rent and has been paying it bit by bit, but this is preventing her from buying enough food. She has collected food from the foodbank more than 7 times, which is above the usual limit she's entitled to. Presently, she's still owing £100 and she wants to pay it off for peace of mind and to be able to buy her own food.
The applicant has recently been given asylum after having to flee their own country after suffering torture for being a Christian. They now have to raise a deposit as well as a month's rent in advance in order to move into a place of their own. They currently volunteer at their church almost daily and is a joy to know.
Our client is 57 years old and struggling to buy food and heat her house. She owed debts on gas and electricity. She has since paid £200 out of £285 she owed, and this is affecting her from having enough food and heating for her house. She would be so grateful if you could help her pay off the £85 balance so she can live a normal life.
A lady we have come into contact with is struggling to pay for her gas and electric due to a miscalculation of her bills. She has no money to cook or heat her home and is trying to look after 3 kids as well.
B has been unemployed long term and has had many interviews but has been unable to secure a job. B has learning difficulties and volunteers at her local church. She is on Job Seekers Allowance and manages well but simple things like needing identification (provisional driving licence) or a new coat throws careful management of money into chaos. B is distressed and worried due to additional complications of having grandchildren staying with her as her son goes through a separation.
S just moved into a new flat after having to move back in with her mother following her husband walking out on her abruptly. She is having counselling after this to help her as him walking out has effected her massively. This new flat is giving her a new start, and she would really appreciate your help as she gets settled.
Two years ago this man had to go back to live with his parents as he was diagnosed with a serious illness. His marriage fell apart at the same time. His health has been wonderfully restored and now working with Living Association he has a new house where his son can visit regularly. He has decorated it and has been given furniture to get started but before he can move in fully he needs a cooker. He would really appreciate your help with this.
My client lives with her partner and dependent child in rented accommodation, she has no savings or assets available and she has little income available. She has mental health issues and due to this her partner has been acting on her behalf. We completed a financial statement and this shows that she does not have the means to pay her creditors the amount owed and therefore after discussing her financial situation with her partner she would like to submit an application for a Debt Relief Order. We would be very grateful if you could help her pay the fee for this.
J has worked for 40 years for the same company but was retired early due to Chronic arthritis. He had to go for a medical assessment in the last year and his benefits were stopped. He has appealed this decision and applied for universal credit. He is on a work pension of £200 a month but is struggling to survive on this while he awaits a decision on his benefit. He would really appreciate some help to pay his utility bills.
This unemployed man has been offered a job working night shifts. He currently has no way of getting to this job so needs a bicycle. He is on benefits with no money spare to buy a bike. Please would you help him with a donation to obtain a bike and accept the job offer. He is very keen to improve his situation.
SR is a single mother with 4 children and a baby on the way. She is struggling as her cooker is broken and she has to cook everything in a microwave. With 4 children she is unable to work and therefore only has a low income from benefits. She is being supported by the Food Bank at East Oldham Methoidst church.
M lives alone on a narrowboat and because he has no money at present he is unable to pay for the licence for the boat to be on the waterways. This is his home and without the licence he would be homeless. Any help you can give would be great.
A hard working Mum who has found this year incredibly difficult. She is a single Mum who is bringing up three children 15, 7 and 5. The children do not have any contact with their father and he does not support the family in any way. She tries hard to keep her head above water but has found the last two months difficult and has had to rely on Foodbank Vouchers. Working with Christians Against Poverty to clear debts. £120 would help her with the extra expense of Christmas.
R is trying to get housing as he has been homeless, but in order to register he needs some form of ID. Currently he has no bills in his name, or means of supplying photo ID. The best form of ID would be a provisional driving license, which I will help him apply for online. The cost of this is £35. If you could support R in this it is one more step towards him to making a fresh start. Thank you.
G and her partner have just moved out of temporary accommodation and are now trying to set up their home before their first baby arrives in January. We are helping them with this, but they are without a cooker. This is essential to keep food costs down and to keep G healthy, as she has had a troubled pregnancy. If you could help her with this, we will get the cooker delivered and installed. Thank you so much for helping this family make a fresh start.
S has been unable to return to work following mental health problems, she has signed on for universal credit. She has been informed she will not be paid until after Christmas and must use the foodbank until then. She is being supported by Christians Against Poverty and needs winter clothing and an additional food stock up to get her through this waiting period. She has not been able to afford new clothing for over 2 years. Thank you for any help offered.
E has had no cooker since hers was condemned 6 months ago. She has been using a camping kitchen with two gas burners trying to feed a family of 6 in relays. She will be able to get a new cooker which can be installed for this amount, she could not afford the outlay herself due to trying to sort out her debt. She is working with CAP and hopes she will be able to get a cooker in time for Christmas. Thank you.
D is a single mum with two young children on a low income. Both her washing machine and fridge have broken down and she cannot afford to replace both. She would be very grateful for your help to replace the washing machine.
A single mum of 3 is working hard to keep herself out of debt. However, her washing machine didn’t get the memo and has broken just before Christmas! This has had a negative impact on her mental health as it feels like one thing too many. It would be great to bless her with a replacement washing machine.
Family consisting of Father and Daughter (aged 8). Through family issues the Mum no longer has contact with the Daughter. Dad is finding Christmas time difficult emotionally and financially. This money would go towards a new washing machine for the family in an attempt to reduce pressure and his anxiety and to ensure that the Daughter has clean clothes and clean uniform for school.
L is currently a Christians Against Poverty client and is working on a very tight budget to become debt free. Two years ago her husband became very ill and has only recently returned to work. She has 2 young girls. The family live in rented accommodation and their cooker blew up and it is not repairable. The family are not in a position to afford a new one and are currently borrowing a halogen oven from a friend. Please help us bless this family.
JE has three children, one is disabled and a change in benefit has meant that she has had a delay in her benefits. She has no money to buy the waterproof mattress protectors that her disabled child needs on his bed. She washes them so often that sadly they don't last long and she has to buy new ones regularly. Please help her to buy new waterproof mattress protectors for her child.
D had a heart attack over three years ago and was unfit for to work for some time. When D was medically fit to work again she struggled to secure a job but never gave up trying & worked in the local Church's cafe/kitchen. She has recently been successful in gaining employment & has just started, however, whilst waiting for her first pay day D needs help in paying bills, with expenses & food. Any help given would be most appreciated
"After years of being homeless and living rough I am now accessing support at a Mental Health hospital and with support I hope to eventually move into my own supported accommodation. I suffer with mental health problems and have been the victim of domestic violence. If I am successful in my application for £120.00 I can get a copy of my birth certificate and with help apply for benefits. This will enable me to start on my road to recovery and help me gain some control over my life."
My client has multiple health conditions and has had to move into a new more suitable home. There was a cross-over in tenancies leaving her with a small amount owing for council tax on her old property. As she is on benefits and struggling with the change to Universal Credit, it would be really helpful if we could raise the funds for this debt to be paid off. Any contributions would be much appreciate to alleviate the stress it is causing my client. Many thanks.
Miss J has a 3 year old daughter, and has recently been brave enough to get out of an abusive relationship. She is now back living on her Mum's sofa and is trying to get her own accommodation. She got into debt when her ex boyfriend forced her to take out debt in her name for him. She is now looking to get a fresh start. A debt relief order will mean that she won't owe this money and will be able to concentrate on finding work and getting her new place sorted.
Miss R has 3 young children who are in foster care at the moment. She has had trouble with alcohol and is now clean. She is looking to get her children back from care. She got into debt through trying to juggle her addiction and looking after her kids. Now she is clean and is looking to the future, she would like a fresh start, which means trying to sort her debts out. A DRO would mean she can concentrate on looking for work and showing that she is capable of looking after her kids.
A 46 year old asylum seeker is without her own home, living with her cousin. She has no benefit and relies on local charities to help her with food. Because she is living with others, she has no place to store food that is given to her. Please help her with donations for a second hand refrigerator and delivery cost of £90 total.
Debts arose when the applicant moved into a flat and later found that the landlord had not read the gas and electric meters. The first he knew of this was when he received bills for approx. £3,500. He could not avoid paying this and whilst working, paid about £600 off. However, he was ill and had to go into hospital and lost his job. He went to Citizens Advice who recommended a Debt Relief Order but he needs the fee for this. As he must have an operation he cannot look for work yet, so he would be very grateful for your help.
A's wife died and he needs help with the funeral expenses as he has no savings at all. He would be very grateful with help to purchase flowers for the funeral.
Our Client from the Selby and District Foodbank has recently been moved into the area as a result of a relationship break-up. Although a place to live has been secured by Housing, she is in need of a head start with her electricity and also to buy 3 pairs of shoes for her children. Her first Universal Credit payment will not come through before Christmas and we are doing all we can to make sure this family is warm, clothed and do not build up debt before her payment arrives. Thank you.
This lady is in urgent need of a fridge/freezer as hers has broken. She has two children and and is in debt, and is currently using the foodbank to help provide food for herself and her family. She also uses our First Steps project for clothing for her children. She would be very grateful for your help to purchase a fridge/freezer.
This request has come via Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Swale Debt Centre. Due to the applicant's poor health and financial situation, which CAP has begun to help her with, E only has the TV as a source of entertainment and it acts as a lifeline for her, but her licence expires soon and she can't afford to renew it. Due to her financial situation, E is down sizing from a 3 bed to a 1 bed residence, as suggested by CAP.
This is a 2nd Request and a repeat of the 1st which was for the cost of private tuition fees for a 15 year old who wants to make Accountancy his profession in later life. The family were already funding it but now find they need the help of Christians Against Poverty to straighten out their finances and can no longer afford it. After the 1st donation was successful the lad had improved his grades in maths enough to allow him to follow his career choice in later life. This is for the continuation of the valuable improvements he is making.
We helped this man who was living in a caravan. His situation was dire so we wanted to be able to do something of more long-term benefit so he could get away from that environment. He now has the opportunity to live with one of his parents to help him get back on his feet and get a job. He needs the one-way train fare to get to his parent which is what this request is for. If you could help it will mean the chance of a fresh start with supportive family.
N has had to move house for her safety following domestic violence. Unfortunately she has had to leave a lot of things in a rush and consequently doesn't have a cooker. Because of her traumatic past she isn't a well lady and just leaving the house causes her anxiety. Finding pleasure in cooking gives her a release from a lot of sadness in her life but currently she is unable to do this. Thank you for any help offered.
"Due to long term mental health problems I have had to give up work and depend on benefits to support myself and my family. I worry constantly about being in debt and not having enough money to buy school uniform for my child and shoes that they desperately need. If I am able to access some support to buy school uniform for my child then this would help to reduce the amount of pressure I feel under and help me sleep better at night."
This lady is on a pension and is finding it hard to make ends meet. She lent some money to her son and has not had it back. She is on a pension and had a couple of credit cards. She has an appointment to see Citizens Advice Bureau to try and help her longer term, but would be grateful for your helps with bills in the meantime.
W, a grandma who is disabled and on a low income, has just lost her daughter to a brain haemorrhage. She now has to take responsibility for her three grandchildren. Please help this lady to rejig her house (with bunk beds for twins and a bed for an older child) so that it will be a proper home for her distraught family.
N is a 43 year old man suffering with mental health problems. He had to stop working due to his state of mind. N recently tried to take his own life as his sickness benefit was reduced after being assessed as fit to work. After visiting him in his home it was very clear that he is in no fit state to work. He has his young children visit every weekend which is what is keeping him going, but he needs to keep the house warm for them.
Mum of three, fled domestic violence from ex partner with her children. Struggling financially on top of Christmas to replace home furnishings as she had to leave home without any belongings. With support of family and victim engagement officer she has been able to have a fresh start in a new area away from her ex partner, but does not yet have a fridge or washing machine. We are requesting £120 to purchase her a reconditioned fridge.
This family's electric cooker broke down. They are on Employment Support Allowance and in significant debt due to ill health/ low income. Unable to purchase a replacement cooker as no spare money and do not want to get into more debt. We have supported this couple through Foodbank previously and often give food at the door. They plan to attend a free community lunch with their son on Christmas Day, but would it would be lovely to have Christmas at home with him.
K came to the area after fleeing domestic violence. She had been living in a hostel with her 2 young children, but now has her own flat. She is trying hard to make a home for her family but is struggling to cover basic costs. She has run out of money for food and utility bills, and also has rent arrears, which she must pay something towards or she may lose her home. She is receiving help to try to improve her benefits but in the meantime would appreciate support towards her living costs.
C has many health problems and as a result needs a lot of different prescriptions. She is currently in arrears with her rent and her daughter has just been diagnosed with depression. She is more concerned about paying essential bills and looking after her family, so she has decided not to purchase her prescriptions for the foreseeable future because she cannot afford both. A donation towards a Pre-paid Prescription Certificate would be of great benefit to her immediate health.
S & K have a 13 year old daughter currently in hospital with anorexia, her 3rd visit. S blames himself for not being at home enough. He is considering leaving his job to help carer for his daughter when she comes home. In the meantime he's used all his holiday for hospital visiting and is finding money short because of the frequent journeys.
E lives alone and has recently moved into the area from London. Due to a Universal Credit claim, he was unaware a council tax reduction claim also had to be submitted along side this. This has caused a small bill to be generated to cover the time the claim was not active. He is living on a low income and finding it difficult to manage financially without the stress of this bill. Please help this gentleman with a small amount to cover this unexpected bill.
R is the full-time carer for her husband who suffers from epilepsy and is registered disabled and unable to work. They were just about managing until recently changing to Universal Credit and, with 12 days until the next payment, have no gas, electricity or money to buy food. Also they owe a final £60 repayment on a loan which they are not able to pay. An error in the calculation of their benefits will take some time to sort out, so they are now in a desperate situation until this is resolved.
S was forced to leave her hospital job when she started to have mental health problems. Her wage was just about covering her living costs but she had no savings. She now receives Universal Credit but she has rent arrears and large debts which she is unable to repay and she has been advised that her best option is to apply for a Debt Relief Order. This would considerably ease her anxiety and depression but she cannot afford the fee. Please help to give her this opportunity of a fresh start.
Ms M is a single mum with a very limited income, no savings and no family suppport who currently works night shifts on the other side of London to make ends meet, meaning her 13 year old son is home alone after school most days. The flat is cold as she can't afford to heat it right now. We'd love to bless the family with the ability to keep their flat warm over Christmas and a Christmas treat for the 2 of them.
Our Client form the Selby and District Foodbank is in financial and emotional crisis. She desperately needs shoes, school uniform and clothing for her family. Mother is receiving help for her emotional worries but we need assistance to help the family with more practical matters such as the footwear, clothing and school uniform. Thank you so much for any help you can give. The situation is dire in itself but it always seems worse as Christmas approaches, especially when children are involved.
C has always had a job. She has several long term conditions and is being supported to claim unlawful dismissal from her previous employer. Meanwhile, she is experiencing delays with universal credit and is having to move into cheaper, unfurnished property. C has no money for furniture. £90 would pay for a mattress and help provide C with some stability in what she is finding a very stressful time.