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.
Jun 5, 2018
We were approached to help a young man whose benefits had been stopped, leaving him without any income. He has had an accident, which has meant numerous trips back and forth to the hospital for checkups to see if his leg can be reconstructed. Being without income means that he is unable to pay for taxis to get him there and home again. Our agents are helping him appeal the benefits situation, and we agreed to send him £100 to help him out in the meantime.
May 10, 2018
Our agents contacted us about a family that are currently living in one of their homelessness shelters. The family unit are a single mother and three children. Four years ago the mother, who had previously been supporting herself and her children on her own, sufferent a serious accident which left her with severe mobility issues. The two older children care for their mother, and one of the children attends a school three miles away from where they have been housed. She had a bicycle which she used to cycle to and from school on, but it was stolen from the communal area at the previous shelter they were staying at as there was no space to keep it in the room they were staying in. The daughter is walking the three miles at the moment to and from school as well as caring for her mother before and after school as well and this is causing distress for the family. We were asked if we could contribute towards a replacement bicycle. We agreed to send across £50 so that they can find a second hand replacement on one of the local selling sites, as well as a padlock to keep it secured when it isn't being used.