May 20, 2015
Andrew was in a real pickle, and one that is quite common to benefits claimants with mental health problems. The Job Centre said he wasn't fit for work so he couldn't claim Jobseekers' Allowance. So he claimed ESA, but was sanctioned because one day he was too ill to attend an appointment. The DWP said that he must be fit for work because he was too ill to attend, and stopped his benefits, leaving Andrew with no money to pay for his essential prescriptions. Sadly, this was not the first time this had happened to Andrew.
Andrew lives with his elderly mother, who is unable to support him financially. Consequently, Andrew was unable to afford to pay for prescriptions, and was only eating one meal a day and a few vitamin pills, because there was little money available for nutritious food. This was causing friction in Andrew's relationship with his mother, and was adding to Andrew's mental health problems.
One of our Biscuiteers, Margie, learned of Andrew's plight from her friend who'd seen Andrew's post lamenting his situation in her news feed on Facebook. Margie shared the story with the group and, after discussion among ourselves and with Andrew, The Biscuit Fund sent him £100 in cash to pay for some shopping and his prescriptions, and also provided Andrew with information about appealing the sanction.
Andrew says he's "bowled over" by the help TBF was able to provide, and like many of our clients has vowed to make a donation to TBF when his circumstances improve. We are absolutely delighted to have been able to lift Andrew's spirits, and of course to have given him and his mother some respite from the pressures of financial hardship while the sanction is appealed and hopefully overturned.
This is the reality of the hope you help to instill in people whenever you make a donation to The Biscuit Fund, so thank you from all of us for your support. If you'd like to make a donation to help other people like Andrew, please use the PayPal Donate button at the top of the page.