Apr 15, 2019
A father in his twenties of three children, all 5 years and under lost his job just before Christmas and there was a delay in the family being able to claim and have benefits put into payment. This meant that over the Christmas period they were supported by their local foodbank who made sure they had food for a family of two adults and three children, as well as some gifts for them to give the children. Since then they have been struggling to manage financially and now the father has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The mother is very concerned at how they will manage financially and mentally, as they got behind with the rent when her partner was off work and before housing benefit came into payment. She wants to make sure that the children's lives carry on as normally as possible despite their father's diagnosis. We agreed to send the family £200 to give them a bit of breathing space.
Mar 15, 2019
One of our agents was contacted today by a man who lost his job in December last year. He has applied for Universal Credit but is still waiting all these weeks later for it to be sorted out properly. He has fallen into arrears on his rent and has no money for food for him or his family. Fortunately they are being well supported by their local foodbank who are supplying them with food, but they have no cat food to give them. With only one can of food left, he made the painful call to ask if their cat could be rehomed to somewhere that could afford to feed it. (According to our agents lots of people are abandoning their pets because they don't have enough money to feed them). We organised some tins of supermarket cat food for him, enough to last the month, until hopefully his Universal Credit is finally sorted out, and an extra £20 for him to get some essentials with.