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Young 17 year old woman suddenly finds herself homeless

We were made aware of a young woman who due to unfortunate circumstances with her parents, suddenly found herself homeless.  Fortunately some friends have taken her in temporarily to keep her off the streets, but they are unable to feed her as they are on a very tight budget, and she has no money at all to buy any food herself.  We agreed that we would send across a small sum of money to tide her over while the local authority considers what will happen with her as she is still considered a minor.  Our representative was going to meet up with her and take her food shopping and help her get that to her temporary home.  

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Single Mum left in the lurch over Easter

We were made aware of a young Mum with two children, one of whom has been formally diagnosed with autism, but who also has special requirements regarding food.  She'd been prepared for the holiday, but unfortunately a large amount of money left her account to pay a bill, earlier than she had budgeted for.  They'd tried to get the payment stopped but it was too late, it had already left her account.  This left her without money for food for herself and her two children, and the oldest child would be unable to eat the food she could get hold of from the local foodbank.  We agreed to send across £60 to tide her over until her next payment of Employment Support Allowance, reached her bank account.

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All move for a family of eight!

We were approached about a desperate situation, a family with six children (possilby a blended family) that had been evicted from their home and made homeless.  They'd been temporarily housed in a tiny flat up on the 14th floor of a high rise block of flats, and had  been supported in that move of home by the council.  Now though they've been offered more suitable and long term housing, in a first floor flat big enough for their needs.  This is brilliant but they had no way to move their larger items of furniture, in fact, they've been relying on foodbanks for food for the eight of them as they are applying fr Universal Credit and there is a huge waiting period until any money is received.  We sent across £250, £100 of which to help with the moving costs, the rest for food for them all.

We received an email on behalf of them, they said :  Thank you so much that is amazing! 6 children and 2 very grateful parents say a massive thank you to all at the biscuit fund I hope their luck is finally changing.

Then this update:  The family are now moving as we speak I haven't seen the mother smile since I first met the family until today it's so nice to know there are people who care when all appears so hopeless.

We sincerely at The Biscuit Fund hope that their luck will be changing for the better.

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Young couple expecting a baby needing urgent help

We were approached about a young couple, she had lived her life in care, he had been brought up by his grandparents, they'd discovered she was pregnant and expecting their baby in the summer.  He is working but on a zero hour contract, which is quite literally that sometimes.  They are struggling to get anywhere with benefits and it was agreed they would be steered in the direction of working tax credits, although that is a minefield where zero hours contracts are concerned.  She is not far enough along with the pregnancy yet to claim maternity benefits, but hopefully will be in a few weeks time.

A friend to the couple has been asking for donated baby clothes from whoever she thinks might have some to offer, and she has been able to source some nappies and also a crib, which she is buying for them second hand.  They are literally choosing between paying their bills and eating, relying on foodbanks when they can.  We agreed to send across £250 which they are going to use to do a big food shop and buy a pram for the baby when it arrives.  Also as this is their first child they will be able to apply for a maternity grant to help with some purchases, and child tax credits and child benefit once the baby is born.

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Saved from Eviction

We were told about a family, who having got into rent arrears were being taken to court for eviction from their home.  The debt had happened because the lady in question, a single mum, had been sanctioned a number of times through no fault of her own.  This sanction meant that her housing benefit and council tax relief had stopped being paid, hence the debt.  A fundraiser was put together by another party and raised over £900 to pay off the arrears, we stepped in and sent over £100.  The total sum raised will be paid to clear the arrears, and it had been agreed if this happened within the time frame, then the eviction notice would not be enforced and they would be allowed to stay.

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Help with moving costs

We were approached about a lady who had been getting into financial trouble as the property she was housed in with a private landlord was too expensive for her to manage.  Alternative accommodation was found for her, which would be within her financial means but she did not have any available money to pay for someone to move her furniture and belongings.  We agreed to send across £100 to help her with that.

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Mother and son: lost their way!

We were approached about a mother who has been struggling for some time on Job Seekers Allowance, to deal with all her household bills, and each time she falls behind, then fees get added, or a court summons is sought, which just keeps making the financial hole she's found herself in, deeper and deeper, with seemingly no way out. Plus money is then deducted from her JSA, which leaves even less money to live off than she was struggling on before.  So you see it really was a bottomless pit, and she was close to a nervous breakdown.   She has the support of a friend, who is doing what they can, plus the agency that approached us for help.

They requested help with payment to apply for a Debt Relief Order, which we agreed to so that this lady can find her way out of this situation and begin to rebuild a life for her and her son.  We also sent an extra amount so that they could buy some much needed food (they'd been surviving on food from the food banks, as they'd no money left for food),  and a small treat for them both.

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A home of his own

We had a man referred to us that had been provided with his own accommodation.  His council had very generously helped him with certain items of furniture, but he had no way to keep his clothes and bedding clean, and with serious eyesight issues, taking them to a laundrette was not an option.  A very reasonably priced washing machine was found for him, purchased on his behalf and will be delivered to him this Friday.  He is extremely grateful for the help.

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