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Parents finally get to see their children

A couple when they were made homeless placed their children with the woman's mother for safekeeping to keep them off the streets.  They hadn't seen their children since last year, so we agreed to send across £30 to cover the return train fare for both Mum and Dad, and also a small amount to purchase some gifts for the children.

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Head in the sand!

We were contacted today by an agency that are working with a man suffering with anxiety and depression.  He had got himself into some quite serious debt and had effectively switched off to it all, shoving his head in the sand.  He hadn't claimed any benefits at all for the past two years, relying instead on family who had been putting him up and feeding him.  These debts have begun to catch up with him and the relentless letters chasing the debts are only serving to increase his anxiety and feed his depression.  The agency are now in the process of helping him to apply for employment support allowance, and seek much needed medical help.  They are also helping him deal with his debts, urging him to apply for a debt relief order, as he has no assets or savings.  Unfortunately, though with no money to his name he is unable to raise the £90 needed to pay for the fees for the order.  We agreed that by sending the money across to cover this, it would allow him to have some relief from stress and begin to rebuild his life again. 

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A ticket to ride!

Our agent told us today of a man she had come across as part of her work supporting the homeless in her hometown.  This man had driven up from another part of the country to try to find family.  He had ended up giving away his car, his laptop and all his clothes apart from those he stood up in, and had been living street homeless for the past two weeks.  He realised that he needed serious help with his mental health and asked for help.  So our agent secured him mental health intervention in his hometown, she just needed to get him home again.  This is where we come in, we agreed to pay the £20.60 for his train fare home and a small extra sum of money to purchase some food.  A volunteer agreed to travel with him to make sure he got back safely and was met by the crisis team at the other end.

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Homeless man, literally homeless

Our agents told us of a man who had been attending a Christmas Crisis centre for meals and stayed for both nights that the accommodation was provided.  He has been sleeping rough, in his sleeping bag with no shelter at all.  A friend had offered him the chance to share his tent, but it was filled with this friend's belongings, and our agent could forsee this could cause problems.  We agreed a sum of £70 to be put towards purchasing him a double skinned two man tent, which one was found for £50 in the sales, and the remaining £20 being put towards purchasing some essential items for him.  Hopefully having the tent will mean he can stay dry, even if staying warm is more difficult, especially given how cold it has been just lately.  In the long term, hopefully he will be able to secure permanent indoor accommodation.

Our agent got back in touch to let us know this

"He was so happy and the tent is epic

When he told me his story, and I said "there maybe a solution to this....leave it with me"  He didn't think I was telling the truth xx

He's so utterly happy and when I gave him the tent went all silly on me x He just couldn't cope as didn't believe x

He's off shopping today for supplies with the remainder £20 and for a man that didn't smile before he is now xx

Thank you so much "

Thank you to everyone that has donated this year to The Biscuit Fund, without your help, none of this would be possible.

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Man with ulcerated legs walking the streets

Our agent told us of a homeless man who had lost his award of employment support allowance and with it his housing benefit, so was evicted from his home.  He came to attention when he stayed with a homeless project over the Christmas period.  Turns out he has extremely ulcerated legs from standing and walking constantly.  In fact the two nights he stayed at the Christmas homeless shelter was the first time in 3 months he had slept laying down.  He's spent the last 18 months sleeping rough in a church porch.  He had fought with the assistance of a local to him advocacy group to get his ESA reinstated, but his local authority were unprepared to help him with housing to get him off the streets, and the advocacy group closed down.  Our agent, with the help of the Christmas Homeless Project managed to find somewhere for him to live, that will be prepared to accept housing benefit for the rent.  We were glad to help out with the £200 necessary to cover the deposit.  Hopefully he will now be able to be somewhere safe and warm, where he can begin to recover.

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Christmas hampers for the homeless

Our agent that provides some Christmas Cheer for the homeless each year in the area she lives, this year decided that not only would they put on the Christmas Dinner which is always very welcome, but she would with help put together some small hampers of goodies.  This would mean each person would receive a small hamper of nice goodies to take away with them.  Nothing big, some smellies, nice care packages really with some sweets and chocolate.   She already had the funds to provide 45 of the boxes, so we sent across £225 to cover the remaining 45 boxes, so she'd have 90 hampers in all.

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Wheelchair user and homeless on the streets

A young man in his 30s crossed our radar today.  His back and pelvis is smashed, he is incontinent and a wheelchair user.  The bag he uses to help with the incontinence is leaking, which is causing him distress.  Our agent is sourcing a replacement bag for him to use, however he was absolutely desperate for some warm clothing.  We sent across £110, and with the help of the agent, a warm coat, thermals, teeshirts, jumper, pants and socks were purchased, along with some toiletries to help him stay clean.  Packs of wipes are useful for when he is unable to access washing facilities.  Our agent, who stated how shocked she was at his condition, being a wheelchair user and living rough too, she would access help for him to try to get him to a place of warmth and safety.

It has been so cold, so these warm clothes will help him stay a bit warmer tonight.  Also hopefully, some accommodation can be found, as living on the streets is unsuitable for anyone, especially someone totally dependent on a wheelchair.

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A home for Christmas

We received the brilliant news that a homeless man we knew about had finally been offered accommodation that would take him away from being homeless, living on the streets.  Unfortunately, due to initial set ups of moving into the flat, his bank account was unexpectedly debited by a cost he wasn't expecting to happen.  As it was by direct debit and the company concerned maintained that he knew about it, they were not prepared to refund the money.  This action left this man without any money for gas or electricity, so he was unable to have any heating on or cook any food.  We agreed to send over a sum of £50 to allow him to add some credit to his energy meters and warm up his new home.

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Homeless man needing help

A man we had helped before with practical support had found himself homeless after his relationship with his family broke down.  Our agent was liaising with his local authority to try to get some temporary accommodation sorted out for him, but for now he was staying with his Mum, sleeping on her sofa, but was unable to offer anything for food, which she couldn't afford herself to provide.  We sent across £100 to pay for food and much needed toiletries.

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Debt Relief Order

A single man who had been hit badly by benefits cuts following the departure of his adult son from the household was in desperate need to some support.  We became aware of this man's situation, and from the information we were able to get, he was in a dire situation and in desperate need to apply for a debt relief order in order to clear some of the debts he has, especially the high debts to do with his housing which will allow him to avoid eviction and homelessness.  As he is only receiving job seekers allowance of £73.10 per week, it was impossible for him to meet his bills and buy some food, and then on top of that find the £90 necessary to apply to the Insolvency Service to have a debt relief order be processed.  We considered that as this would mean this man could keep a roof over his head it was an easy decision to make.

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New beginnings

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.

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A New Start

A man, with a troubled past and desperately trying to turn his life around for the better had been offered a much needed place to live.  Currently he is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance only which does not stretch far at all.  The deposit for his flat was almost £400 and he needed to somehow find that himself which was proving almost impossible.  He was already showing self-reliance by signing up to take a business course, so we felt confident with a bit of assistance this might be achievable, so felt offering him £150 would go some way to help.

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Off the Streets

Our contact had been contacted to say that someone she was working with had sustained a knife attack, leaving him with a slashed face.  She arranged to meet him in a public place and when she got there, he had just been attacked again, which she assisted the Police with.  

He has been living on the streets, accompanied by his very well behaved dog.  Our contact has been working with this man's local authority to get him off the streets and into housing, even if temporary housing to begin with, an appointment has been booked for this weekend.  She had found somewhere for him in the next town to go to for a few nights, to get off the streets and be able to feel safe for the first time in ages.  We agreed we would cover the cost for four nights in bed and breakfast accommodation, at a location that would allow him to take his dog along with him.

In the end it was possible to pay for him to stay in safe accommodation for four nights and also to have some spare money to buy some shoes as well.  

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A final goodbye

We were made aware of an urgent case of a man who had been living in a homeless shelter, lost his phone and as a result lost contact with his family, as their numbers vanished with his phone.  His family struggled to get in contact with him, and when they finally did, it was to tell him his sister had died and the funeral would be the very next day.  He had no way to get there, nor did he have any suitable clothing to wear.  So one of our contacts managed to get some an inexpensive shirt, tie and some trousers.  They also organised the money for the bus ticket for him to get to the funeral, which he has attended today.  A small, low cost challege for us, but it meant more than words could say to him, as he could at least say goodbye to his sister.

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On the verge of eviction

We sent £100 to a woman who was at risk of losing her home that she shared with her son.  A benefits team were helping her to sort things out with the court and getting her local authority to look at her housing benefit claim which had been incorrect for some time. It was agreed that a contribution towards what was outstanding with the debt on the housing would allow the benefit team breathing space to help the woman out and keep both her and her son being evicted and made homeless.

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Sausage, veg and tattys!

An easy one for us, we sent £50 to a charity that regularly feeds the homeless in their area with a hot meal, to help to keep up their spirits, keep them fed and show that someone does care.  They used the money to buy 200 sausages, some vegetables, potatoes and gravy.  Such a small sum of money making a huge difference to so many lives.  All thanks to your donations that goes to help organisations like this that are working literally out on the streets of the UK.

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A Helping Hand

We were contacted by someone who had seen on social media a group that helped the homeless, were fund raising to put together winter bags to give to the homeless.  Many people on the streets don't have regular access to things that we might take for granted.  A small tent to give them shelter is a start.  Knowing that by contributing to their fund raising efforts, we are able to help many people all at once.  So we sent across £140 to sponsor tents and winter packs, so they are ready for when the weather changes.

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Preventing a proposed eviction

We were contacted about a mother in receipt of employment support allowance, who with the support of an agency had been provided with a paper bond for a place to live, but the bond was only good for six months.  Now that the six months were up, her landlord was pushing for the deposit to be paid, otherwise he stated he would have no choice but to begin eviction proceedings.  We confirmed via the agency that if The Biscuit Fund offered to pay £250 towards the deposit, that the landlord would be prepared to accept the remainder of the payments over a longer period of time to allow the mother to be able to pay this.

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Homelessness, again!

A gentleman with mental health issues had become estranged from his partner and their young son and had ended up in temporary accommodation.  As he was considered vulnerable, he was found permanent accommodation but without any income and no means to raise the £100 they needed as rent in advance he was stumped.  Fortunately we were made aware of his situation and were able to send over the money so that he could be assured of somewhere safe to live.

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Young homeless family on the move!

A young woman, her partner and their very young son had been homeless and in temporary accommodation for some time.  Finally they had been offered permanent suitable accommodation but they didn't have any money to move their belongings to their new address, so an amound was agreed and passed on for them to be able to get some help with a van so they could move to their new home.  Her Personal Independence Payment application had been refused, so she was guided towards help so she could reapply.

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Unfurnished accommodation

A young vulnerable woman with mental health issues had been offered much needed accommodation but it was unfurnished.  She didn't have a bed to sleep in or anything to cook any food in.  A sum of £300 was agreed and sent over to her to allow her to, with help, purchase the items she needed so desperately.

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Rent urgently needed

A single father with a young daughter had been in temporary accommodation.  They had been allocated accommodation but only on the provision that they cover the first two weeks rent, which amounted to £245.74, which he didn't have and it looked like he would be unable to take up this permanent accommodation.  We were able to cover this for him to ensure both he and his daughter had somewhere safe to live.  They had been waiting for ages for somewhere permanent to come up and getting this close they were distraught that they might not have been able to take it up.  Glad the fund could help.

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From pillar to post!

A gentleman who was quite unwell was being moved on from the hostel accommodation he has been in as he had hit the maximum stay he was permitted.  Some supported accommodation was available for him as he was so unwell and considered a priority case.  It became obvious though that he had no food, no toiletries as there had been a gap in his benefits.  We sent him £50 to cover him between his benefits payments so he could get food and essentials.

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Homeless couple in desperate need of help

A homeless couple out on the streets were trying to beg to get some money for food to eat, but were being moved on.  Turns out the man needed surgery but the hospital weren't prepared to do that while they were homeless and out on the streets as he needed recovery time somewhere safe and warm.  He was refusing to have the treatment without a roof over their head as he was too afraid to go into hospital and leave his wife vulnerable and alone at night on the streets.  We arranged to get some money to them for food and someone in the area local to them spoke with them to their doctor who wrote a letter in to the local council to try to progress their case on the housing list.  As it was a very cold weekend, temporary bed and breakfast accommodation was sorted for them so they could at least get warm and rest.

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