Nov 23, 2015
Even those who help others can find themselves in a tight spot from time to time. This was one of those "too much month left at the end of the money" situations, and we were able to help out a lovely lady, who is a great friend of one of our Agents, with a swift grant of £75 to ensure that she and her hubby had food to eat till the next pay-day. They'd been facing a night of them going hungry so that their children had food.
None of the grants that we make require repayment, but this lady said in conversation with me:
"I will have to repay it even if in dribs and drabs as I know I have a situation at this moment in time but there are lots of people worse off than me and as I kind of do similar stuff helping people it wouldnt be right for me not to pay it back, I actually feel ashamed i am in this position, however once I get to Friday my situation will be better xx"
So, we've agreed that she can pay it back in drips and drabs, but only once she's built a bit of a financial "cushion" so that they can remain safe from a similar situation on the future.
Something we see over and over again is, like our Client here, people lamenting the shame that they feel at having fallen into difficulties. We always emphasise to our Clients that there is no shame in today's economic wilderness. It can happen to anyone, without a moment's notice. Money will only go so far, and if you try stretching a £5 note too far, all you will end up with is a need to buy Sellotape.