Mar 12, 2019
Our help was needed today for a lady in her late 60s who has had to give up work as she has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. She also is suffering from advanced COPD. Since having given up work she now finds herself in a position where she is unable to cover her rental payments, despite receiving housing benefit. Our agents are now helping her to apply for social housing to reduce her monthly costs. At the moment she is just unable to cope and is concerned she needs money for energy costs for her home and fuel costs to allow her to get to her hospital appointments. We agreed to send her £100 to help her with these costs.
Jun 13, 2018
We were contacted as a matter of urgency by our agents who are assisting a man who will be 60 years old very soon. Back in December 2017 he was refused Employment Support Allowance, and apart from a couple of very small loans from his local authority and a few food vouchers has had nothing since then. He went to his local doctors and the staff there, donated items from their own lunches to give to him as he was in such a dreadful state. His doctors have prescribed him some supplements, as the lack of food has impacted severely on his health. His health issues, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmony Disease), mobility issues, depression and anxiety, as well as having issues with the mobility of his hands means that signing on to Job Seekers Allowance would not be suitable for him right now. He does not even have the energy to get to the soup kitchens that run in the city where he lives. Our contacts are helping him to appeal the ESA decision, but due to how long it takes for the cases to be heard, it could be several months before he gets a court date. Our agents felt this was such a desperate situation and asked for our help, which we agreed to and sent over £100.
Mar 14, 2018
Our contact asked us to help out a family that are really struggling right now. The mother has aspergers, COPD, mental health problems, lupus, and a personality disorder. Her son has severe aspergers and them living together is really causing terrible problems for them both. A hostel place has been found for the son, however there are some initial costs involved, travelling etc for him to be able to move to the hostel. Our agents have applied for financial help from the local authority but have been told it will take at least 2 weeks to get an answer, which might be no. If they wait the hostel place will be lost, and the lady's mental health is getting worse by the day. We agreed to send £100 to help out the situation.
Oct 26, 2016
A man we had been aware of before and had been offered practical help with getting off the streets had finally been offered a place of his own to live, as well as being awarded custody of his daughter. Our contact had organised the white goods and practical items of furniture, but this man has really bad COPD and the freezing cold flat was making his health worse. A couple of huge carpets had been found that would be suitable, plus there was someone standing by who could arrange to have them fitted if we could provide the funds to purchase them. We agreed to cover the cost of both carpets, so £130 was sent across to allow this to happen.
Sep 12, 2016
A lady suffering with COPD and mental health issues had been refused Employment Support Allowance, even at the tribunal stage and so found herself having to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance or being totally without any money at all. She was in a catch 22 situaton in that she didn't have any money to be able to afford to pay to get a bus to the job centre and it was too far for her to walk, especially with COPD. We agreed to send over a small amount to allow her to get to the Job Centre to sign on, otherwise her whole claim was going to be closed.