L is an single dad in his early 60s caring for 2 young children. L suffered a slipped disc last autumn which forced him to stop working as a self-employed decorator. The family are now on a very low income, and he's struggling to cope with caring for the kids and has got into serious debt. His back has previously been successfully treated by osteopathy but the cost is currently out of his reach. Osteopathy appointments could get him fit for work again and able to meet his family's needs.
O has experienced ongoing emotional abuse from her partner. She has a 3 year old daughter and a baby. She struggles financially since she had worked part time and now only has her maternity allowance. Her partner is emotionally and financially abusive towards her and has recently forced her to pay a lot of the household bills out of her own money so she is now left with little for herself and the kids. O desperately needs a cot for the new baby.
D has a history of domestic abuse from her partner and has a 3 year old child.This year D found the courage to end the relationship. Her partner had promised to support them financially but has failed to do so. D is considering contacting Child Support Agency and is being supported by a Domestic Abuse Agency. D is wishing to now focus on herself and her child’s wellbeing. At the moment she is trying to get back on her feet and start again and would love some help with her gas and electric bills.
Ms I fled from war and sexual violence in Sierra Leone as a teenager to join her mother in the UK. Despite having lived here for over 15 years, she has no legal status, which means she can't apply for benefits and is not allowed to work. She is a single mother of two young girls and relies on the foodbank for sustenance. Ms I recently lost her mother and is struggling with grief with no financial support. £100 would help her purchase bedding and clothes for her children.
S is receiving support at our Debt Centre. Her depression has meant she is very isolated and she has learning difficulties. S relies on crutches due to an injury which is not healing. She is on Employment and Support Allowance and generally manages to pay her essential bills. But recently her washing machine has broken down and she has no means of doing her washing due to her mobility issues. With a donation we will be able to buy a reconditioned one and install it for her as she cannot do this herself.
Y is a young widow whose town was taken over by militia during the war in Syria. With 3 small children, fear of becoming captive and forced into sex trafficking, she was pressured to remarry. She and her husband escaped to the UK where he became violent and she fled from him. Y was pregnant when she left and has now given birth to her fourth child. She is a single mother trying to find a suitable home and get her kids into school. £100 would help Y buy essential baby items and uniform for her children.
K is married with three children. His daughter is only 16 months old. When she was born, his wife became very ill, she developed a disease called Pemphigus and became so depressed that she is now on strong medication. K has had to stop working in order to look after the whole family. This is extremely hard for him. He relies on welfare benefits but there is never enough money for essentials. He desperately needs clothes for his children. £100 towards a Primark voucher would be a great help.
A has been suffering from serious mental health issues for her whole life. She has personality disorder and finds every day tasks extremely challenging. She lives on her own and her cooker has broken down. She is completely unable to afford a replacement on her own. £100 of kind donations towards a new cooker would be a massive help to her situation.
E approached our church after an acquaintance he had been living with decided to evict him with little notice. E worked as a solicitor before developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and has continued to do some pro bono work. This means he has a large collection of legal files and books that need to be moved urgently. E is currently not receiving any benefits, and is sleeping on the streets. His main worry is the removal of his possessions to a new location.
B is a single mother of 2 children who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her job in August and is looking for further employment. She had accumulated a number of debts and is now struggling to the meet the repayments. B managed to purchase beds for her children just before she lost her job, however B is currently sleeping on just an old mattress on the floor and it would mean the world to be able to get a good night’s sleep to help her deal with her problems.