The client who has been a regular to our Christmas day meal got in touch to ask if we could help him as he was currently building up arrears with his heating and electricity costs. He is 69 and recently lost his wallet with 3 weeks worth of pension in it. He has struggled to pay for the bills since then and has built up some arrears. The gas and electric company is threatening to turn it off if he doesnt pay over the next few weeks. This money would help reduce the arrears to almost nothing.
A is a grandmother looking after two teenage grandchildren in a council house. The house is extremely dilapidated and we are working with her to try and improve her and the grandchildren's living conditions. A grant would be a great start to help her with a new fridge freezer and microwave.
E recently lost her husband who had a rare form of cancer. He died on the 23rd of April. His illness meant that the bed they slept in got soiled and so E would very much like to buy a new mattress. She is a disabled lady who lives on benefits and cannot afford to fund this herself, so has asked for some help. The mattress she has seen is £160 and would appreciate any contribution towards it.
The client came to us through our Foodhub project and was identified by the staff of being in need of urgent support. The client who is quite frail stated how she has been sleeping on her sofa for the last 3 years due to her bed being broken and the mattress having springs sticking out. This funding would enable us to buy a brand new mattress and bed for the client and allow her to sleep comfortably for the first time in 3 years.
Y has just started working with CAP for debt help. He is from France and working in the UK. His mother died two weeks ago and he does not have the money for petrol to drive to France. This gift would mean that he could see his family and grieve with his sibling.
Kathy is an elderly lady working with CAP to sort her finances. She has lost her husband and is still grieving. Recently she took an overdose as she felt so desperate and convinced that no one cared for her. She really needs a boost to get on top of all the payments to bills she needs to make.
A has come to Christians Against Poverty for help with her gas arrears. Her debt is too low to justify an insolvency but due to her very low income, it would take her over 5 years to repay it, which is not sustainable. A gift to clear most of this debt would be a huge blessing to her.
R has only a small amount left to pay on rent arrears for a hostel. After this is paid he can move to more permanent accommodation. This would be a huge step for a man who has spent most of his adult life on the street!