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Baby with special needs puts a drain on family resources

A family are struggling to cope with the needs of their baby born with special needs.  He has a cleft palate and lip and is currently awaiting corrective surgery.  He has to be bottle fed and so far they are managing with the small bottles they were gifted by the hospital but going forward as his feeds are bigger they are going to need specialist larger bottles which they cannot afford.  The family currently live in a former office block on a working trading estate, that has been converted into housing. They exist financially on Universal Credit.  They are trying to play catch up with their arrears and are also having to pay to travel to hospital for the frequent visits.  The bottles they need to buy are £20 for a pair and they need a few of them to cope with his constant feeding, as well as the specialist teats which are £3.50 each.  They also need to purchase some other essential items such as nappies, etc.  We agreed to send the famly £150 to buy the bottles and teats they need, as well as to put towards other essentials they need to buy.

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Family without food

A family consisting of mum, dad, two children and a third on the way are without food.  Mum, although pregnant, works part-time at a very low paid job.  They do get some Universal Credit, but that and her wages is nowhere near enough for them to live on.  The father is unable to work due to mental health issues, and the family are having to borrow from a family member money to top up their gas and electricity meters.  They are accessing the foodbanks just to survive.  Their cooker is broken and they cannot afford to replace it, so they have 'bought' a microwave via finance to be able to cook their food, the little they can get their hands on.  We agreed to send the family £200 to get them a little ahead with things and be able to buy some food.

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Mother of 4 trying to turn her life around

We were approached about a single mother of four children who is trying desperately to turn her life around.  She has recovered from issues in her life that left her with depression, psychotic depression and mental health problems.  She has been moved recently from Employment Support Allowance to Universal Credit which has meant delays in her receiving any money (5 weeks so far), which means her putting the children before herself and she is really struggling.  She is studying for a qualification which will mean she has a better future for her and her children, and is volunteering through her church and also with a couple of local groups to her, working one to one with vulnerable adults around issues such as substance abuse and homelessness.  We were asked if we could offer her some financial support, which we agreed to and sent her £150.

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Young mum with cancer needs help

We were asked to help a young mum of two small children.  She has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer and is about to start treatment for this, radiotherapy and surgery.  Following the surgery she is going to need a replacement mattress as the one she currently has will no longer be suitable, they have applied for a grant to buy a new mattress for her.  Before she became ill she was working full time and providing for her family.  Since her diagnosis she has had to give up work and apply for Universal Credit.  By applying for this though her previous payments of child tax and working tax credit have been stopped, and her Universal Credit payment last month was just £20 for the three of them.  She is currently trying to buy what little food she can using her credit card and the debt this is causing is stressing her out.  We agreed to send the family £150 so they can buy food and energy for the next month.

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