S has benefited from her first counselling sessions in 2019, but she still needs support. She is responding well with her counsellor as she works through her traumatic past, including child abuse, drugs, adult domestic abuse and total loss of self-esteem. The additional counselling should see the breakthrough she seeks.
B lives alone and has always worked until he had an accident in which he injured his back. He is currently in receipt of Universal Credit and this has dramatically reduced his income. He has received a bill for £152 due to arrears of Council Tax. His next Universal Credit payment is not due until 26th of January and this bill needs paying by 21st. Please help this gentleman with an amount to enable him to clear these arrears as it is causing a huge amount of anxiety and stress.
This 62 year old woman lives alone in a council property. She has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and often has difficulty breathing. She is also being assessed for learning disabilities. Her white goods are in an appalling state. The fridge freezer is 40 years old and the door is falling off. The others no longer work. A local charity has agreed to supply a washing machine and a tumble dryer. Money for a reconditioned washing machine would really help her.
R is a 67 year old lady, a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) client who suffers from ill health and is going blind. She lives near a river and twice her house has been flooded. The first time her insurance company went bankrupt. The second time her insurance did not cover flooding. She lost everything including all her carpets. Although she has been donated many rugs, they are dirty and need constant cleaning. The dirt exacerbates her ill health. She needs a robust carpet cleaner to keep her rugs clean and to help her health. Thank you.
P is living in challenging quarters that are bad for his health. He suffers from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) which makes it hard for him to work and live, and he struggles to sleep. Because of this, P has no money and is asking for help to get some good quality, long lasting boots as these will support his ankles which are painful. His current footwear is full of holes and second hand with no support for his injured ankles. Please can you help P to be more comfortable, especially during this cold weather.
This single mum has difficulty leaving her house due to severe anxiety and agoraphobia and a fear of vomiting/being ill in public. This means that the only way she can get her 6 and 16 year old daughters to school is by taxi, but she has been turned down for help with the costs. Her Family Support Worker is appealing this decision and has helped her put in a Personal Independence Payment claim. In the meantime, this grant will enable her to temporarily continue to afford to send her children to school.
K's husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is currently at home on daily morphine injections. K has a child aged 15 who is struggling to come to terms with his father's illness and she would really like to buy him a new bike as a gift from his dad so any money given towards this would be greatly appreciated.
V suffers from anxiety and depression and some physical health problems too. The highlight of her week is to attend a local craft group. Unfortunately due to her financial difficulties she is struggling to pay for her subs. She would be extremely grateful if you could help her pay to attend this group and the amount asked for would cover a year's attendance. This would help her to maintain her social contacts and improve her mental and physical well being.
W and R have been struggling to cope with mental health problems as well as trying to juggle a low income. This is because they only work part time and are on benefits. W works as a driver but his car recently broke down and he needs to get it back on the road for work. Can you help this couple?
This young man came out of temporary accommodation and into his own flat some weeks ago. However since then, because of errors and delays in the benefit system he has been without money. The lack of furniture and more importantly cooking equipment has affected his health and he has felt very alone. A microwave would mean he could easily provide hot food for himself. His circumstances mean he is not allowed to work, but as a qualified painter and decorator he is keen to use his skills to help others voluntarily.
This young man came out of temporary accommodation some weeks ago and into his own flat. However, since then he has had no money because of errors and delays in the benefit system. He has had no furniture, his health has suffered and he has felt very lonely. We have posted a second request for help to buy him a microwave, but also needs a fridge freezer so he can store food and make warm meals. His circumstances mean he is not allowed to work, but as a qualified painter and decorator he is keen to use his skills to help others voluntarily.
This client is a middle aged man who is on a low income as he is caring for his aged mother. He needs help to replace her cooker which broke over the Christmas holidays. He has been doing everything possible to ensure she is well cared for but cannot afford to either buy another cooker or keep buying microwaveable ready meals. Please could you help us to help this conscientious son.
A has had a burglary. Amongst other things she has had the money stolen that she was saving up for a new washing machine. She is devastated as she has been saving for a while and with such a low income it will take a long time to save the money again. A is a woman who lives alone and has very fragile mental health. We have contact with her through a Wellbeing cafe where she occasionally comes to make friends with other people. It would help to restore her confidence to give her a gift.
T split with his partner 12 months ago. This left him devastated and he has been plagued with mental health problems ever since. He lost his job, and now has large deductions from his benefits to pay off a budgeting loan taken out for furniture for his unfurnished flat. This is leaving him in financial hardship. He has never been able to afford a cooker and being able to cook and eat properly would have a big, positive impact on his mental health. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
M.. has been told that his Father has only 2 or 3 weeks to live due to Lung Cancer and his Mother has been admitted to a Hospice. They both live in Liverpool. M. is very anxious to visit them as soon as possible but he does not have the funds to pay for his travel from Hastings to Liverpool. He has a very limited income due to health and mobility problems Please can you help him by donating £120.
H is a young lady suffering from anxiety and depression since her Grandmother was diagnosed with Alziemer's. The effect on her entire family is taking its toll. H is also worried about her Grandfather's health as he is already grieving the loss of his wife, and he is her main carer. H is overwhelmed and prone to self-harming.
V was abused and molested as a child and its knock-on effects have continued into her adulthood. Until now she has had no help to work through her issues. Relationships are hard to keep and as a result of this it has affected her self-worth with feelings of inadequacy.
J is a client with Christians Against Poverty, she has been repaying her debt. She has become ill, and it has been found she is sleeping on the floor as she has no bed or mattress. She is not likely to get well, her condition will deteriorate over time, could you help her by providing the money for a bed and a wardrobe to put her clothing in? She has not disclosed her full situation until now and we would like to make sure she is comfortable and can relax as her condition progresses. Thank you.
A young lady in Middlesbrough with very poor mental health has moved home to a more suitable property with support. This lady is expecting a baby and her bed is broken and she has no means of purchasing a new bed. Would the donors of Acts 435 be able to help her please, she would be so grateful.
This client is a mother of a boy of 5 and a girl of 2. She has struggled for years with her son’s behaviour and is attending a reducing challenging behaviour course for children with autism. Her son has now been diagnosed with Autism. G is trying desperately hard to improve things for her family. The son’s behaviour is impacting on his little sister, they are currently sharing a bedroom in their 2 bedroom flat. This is a request for funds to help mum to divide the bedroom so that her son has his own area.
L has eczema, he has regular hospital appointments for treatment but some of the creams he uses rub off on his bed sheets and he has to wash his bedding very frequently. She currently uses a launderette, but this is expensive and she would like to be able to buy a washing machine, so that she can wash her bedding and clothing at home. If you could help L to buy a washing machine it would make a huge difference to her. Thank you
E has 2 young children, one only 6 months old. Her partner is off work with mental health issues so they are relying on Universal Credit and Child Benefits. There is no spare money for warm winter clothes for them and the children. Please can you help them? This need is urgent.
A has been in hospital for a lengthy admission. She is a hoarder and her entire flat has had to be emptied by a house clearance due to infestation of various sources, mainly damp and rotten furniture. She is ready for discharge and needs a bed as she had to throw literally everything in her flat away. She is not able to be discharged until she has a bed to sleep on, but due to her financial situation she is unable to afford a new bed from her benefits. We'd love to get her into her new home and recuperating.
M has been homeless for two years, he has mental health problems and is very wary of people. He has finally been offered a furnished property but he is still sleeping on the floor as the bed he has been given is very soft and he has a back injury that means he is better sleeping on a very firm surface. Please could you help him to buy a new bed and mattress so he can finally get a good night's sleep? Thank you.
M is a 62 year old female trying to cope with her marriage breakdown. She and her ex husband have rent, energy and Council Tax debts. Her ex husband has been contacting the council, their housing provider and their energy provider requesting that his name should be removed from all agreements in the mistaken belief that this will absolve him from the joint debt. M's only way out of debt is if she can apply for a Debt Relief Order. Can you help?
K requires £120 to carpet her bedroom as it is currently bare. K is a single mother and her mental health is suffering. She is slowly beginning to rebuild her life but is struggling to pay her bills and is attending her local food bank. Any help to buy a carpet would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This lady came to the Foodbank to ask for help with food. She told us that she was struggling to make ends meet as her husband is having treatment for cancer. She works 12 hours a week and receives a small amount of benefits to top up her wages. She has to find people to be with her husband while she works. She seemed exhausted as now has to do everything to keep their home running. Please would you give to this lady to help her with some respite and ease the burden of tight finances. Thank you.
J is a single mother of two teenage sons. J suffers from epilepsy and also has debt problems, she is unemployed and living on benefits. Her sons have recently reached the age where they are entitled to their own room, but J still has to pay a debt due to bedroom tax of many hundreds of pounds acquired from when they were younger. J is in need of a bed and has asked if we can help her get a second hand bed from a local charity.
A and his wife are struggling to make ends meet. A has a number of health issues including vascular dementia. He and his wife have a son who they have with their very limited resources been trying to help as he has a problem with depression and alcohol. The issue with their son causes them a lot of stress, as they try to help him and make a new home on the estate they moved to last year. They are unable to purchase a bed themselves so would be really grateful for your help with this.
This client is a single parent to 3 children ages 7, 8 and 10. She had to move when her landlord sold her property. She suffers from spinal problems and is awaiting surgery. She has a suitable bed base but her mattress is very old and the springs are coming out. She needs a safe and suitable mattress due to her health situation - the current situation is exacerbating her back problem and leaving her in pain. We are including delivery costs due to client's lack of transport and poor health.
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.
D has sciatica which affects his hip and leg, he finds it really hard to sit down comfortably and cannot sit for any length of time. He has been advised to get a firm high backed chair, which should help his condition. He has been trying to save from his benefits and has managed to get some money towards the purchase, but it taking a while to get the money together and in the meantime his condition is getting worse. Please could you help him with a donation towards the cost? Thank you.
P came to us for food from our foodbank, referred to us by his GP. He is suffering from a long term illness. His electricity supplier has changed his terms from quarterly billing to monthly billing with advance payment required. He told me he is worried sick about the pressure this has put on his finances, and that he desperately needs cash for this and other bills.
B had health issues which caused him to lose his job. Things spiraled out of control as he became addicted to painkillers and alcohol. Eventually, after feeling suicidal he was referred to supported housing and was keen to work with appropriate agencies for help. We have worked with him on his debts and the best way forward is a Debt Relief Order and B has saved half the fee himself. Your help to give him the other half would make a huge difference and give him a much-needed fresh start.
S is a foodbank client referred to us by his housing association. He suffers from ill health and has had cuts to his benefits and is struggling to make ends meet. He is drained and anxious, and the stress he is feeling is making him more ill. He needs help with electric for his cooking and heating, and also to keep his lights on as he suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
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.
We are seeking help for a gentleman who is in remission with cancer. He is being supported with practical issues, however he lives in an isolated area and due to being unable to work through illness he is faced with a large payment for gas heating which he is struggling to pay. He has recently left hospital due to developing pneumonia. Any help would be most gratefully received.