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Mother of three under threat of bailiffs

A mother of three, with severe mental health problems is having difficulties with bailiffs knocking on her door chasing debts.  She has had a very difficult life, with her mother being imprisoned when she was a child, resulting in her being cared for outside of the family.  After struggling with this, she then went to live with her grandparents until her grandfather died when she was 11.  Her mother returned but was very manipulative and bad with money, so she has not had good role models in her life.  As well as that her mother was physically abusive towards her and also kept her away from school, resulting in her suffering in terms of her education. She has been really let down in respect of support and care, and now finds herself in debt again due to this lack of support.  The bailiffs are causing her a great deal of stress and impacting her mental health in a very negative way.  Our agents are very impressed at how caring she is with her own children and how she is trying to make their lives better, but this recent development is really getting her down.  We were asked to support her by covering the cost of a debt relief order, which we were happy to do, along with sending her £60 as a morale boost for her and her family.

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Young mum finds herself suddenly alone with 2 month old

We were approached about a young mum of a 2 month old who suddenly finds herself alone, after her partner has been inprisoned for the next four years.  She is in receipt of Universal Credit which has been issued at half the amount it should be due to a clerical error at the DWP.  They have acknowledged and accepted it is their error, however they are taking their time to resolve the situation and this young mum has been waiting some time.  She is struggling to work out which bills to prioritise as this error has left her without even enough money to pay her rent, let alone buy a much need cot and pram for the baby.  We agreed to send over £100 for her to use to cover food and energy costs for them both.  Hopefully with the help of our agents the DWP will rectify this mistake as a matter of urgency.

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Mum going without food to feed her two children

We were made aware of a single mum to two children, a three year old and a four month old.  She has been literally starving herself, so that she can make the little amount of food she has available to her children.  She now has no money for gas or electricity or any food.  She usually budgets really well, but as with many people in January she finds it a very long month.  

She tried to make Christmas good for the children, as their father has now been imprisoned for domestic violence towards the mother, but it has backfired as she now finds herself struggling so much.  We agreed to send her £100 to allow her to buy some gas, electric and some food for the three of them.

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Man on a fresh start needs help

We were contacted by a group that supports people, giving them the opportunity to a fresh start in life.  This man was facing life on his own, following a brief spell in custody as he was no longer living with his wife on his release.  All he had was a place to live, a bed and a kettle and was existing on sandwiches and junk food, the cost of which was prohibiting him from being able to save any money in order to purchase an oven.  He can't access food banks as mostly the food they have available requires cooking.  We agreed to send across enough money to supply an oven, and our agents said that they could from this sum get someone qualfied to install it for him.

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