Mr H was released from prison in January and only has the clothes he had while in prison. He is extremely remorseful and has used every opportunity while in prison to reform and put his life back on track. He has a new job starting with Penal Reform Solutions (PRS), working with the Prison Service to help reform the offenders and needs smart business clothing for his role. His first payment of Universal Credit is not due for another 2 weeks and will only cover his essential needs.
This mum of 3 young children arrived recently from France and is now an EU resident. She has managed to get some house hold items but is in desperate need of beds as they are all on the floor at the moment. She has no family here to help her and she speaks little English.
Citizens Advice are currently assisting this single lady in her forties with benefits claims. She suffers with severe mental health issues which are disrupting her daily life. They have asked us for help because she has hardly any furniture or white goods in her house which is also in need of repairs. She is particularly vulnerable and in need of support. Just having a fridge to start off with will make a big difference in her mental health and well-being.
This 53 year old lady has neuropathy and poor mobility. She has been in hospital for 6 weeks and has been discharged home with support. Her standard rate of care has been stopped on personal independence payment and her husband's carers allowance has also ceased due to being in hospital. As a result they have no money as the universal credit recently received has been used up. They have no gas or electric on the meter and would be most grateful for any support to top up so that they can keep warm.
T. and her 7 year old daughter are British and fled domestic violence in USA. She has sought help from housing and children's social services but she is not entitled to benefits until she has been living in the UK for 3 months, so has no money and no home and is relying on charities for food and on friends to house her. Her child is not at school because T. has to keep moving. Any gift will help her to buy some essentials and help to pay for travel from friend to friend.
This young lady with mental health issues has been without a fridge for six months, consequently her diet has suffered as she has no way of storing fresh food. Her illness prevents her working and because of a problem with her benefits application hasn't received all she is due. A fridge freezer would mean she would be able to store food, which would save her money, ease her anxiety and she could eat healthy meals. She is very grateful for any donations.
'My sister, who I have not seen for a long time, has recently had a stroke and I would like to visit her, reconnect and help with her recovery. Unfortunately, I am unable to fund a means to get there as it is such short notice and as she is deteriorating quickly I am asking for help in funding a train ticket to get to my sister. I would be unbelievably grateful for anyone who could help. Thank you' - Ms E
L is a lady we've been supporting for a while. She struggles daily with mental health problems and has recently lost her claim for Personal Independence Allowance and is awaiting an appeal process. In the meantime her microwave has broken and we would love to help her with a new one.
"Due to long term health problems and a recent change in benefits I have to depend on a smaller amount of money each month to live on which I am finding increasing difficult. I have not been able to buy a replacement washer and have been relying on a launderette to wash my clothes but this is very expensive. I worry constantly about trying to manage my money and getting into debt so if I could get some help to buy a replacement washer this would be a great relief and I will be less stressed."
H suffered abuse from her husband for over 30 years until she ran away over a year ago. As a result of the abuse, she contracted some debts, particularly with over payment of benefits. She now lives in sheltered accommodation and suffers from PTSD. Despite that, she works part-time as a cleaner and leads a very frugal life. She would be so grateful for a donation towards the fee for a Debt Relief Order as writing her debts off would mean a new start and a much safer, healthier and happier life.