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Disabled son in need of 24/7 care

Help was needed for a family that have taken on the 24/7 care and given space to their home to a 23 year old man, the son of the man of the house from a previous relationship.  The boys mother had said that she could no longer cope and that he was now his fathers responsibility.  The man has given up his job in order to care for his son, and this has impacted financially on the rest of his family, his wife and their new baby.  The property they are currently in is too expensive for them to manage, so help is being given to help them move to somewhere less expensive, and will have enough room as the son needs a bariactric bed.  The father is trying to do all he can to support his new family, and also his son who feels rejected by his mother.  We agreed between us that we would send them £150 to help them out.  We have since had reported back to us that the father has now had his benefits put into place, so hopefully things will begin to improve for the family.

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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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