This is a picture of my beautiful grandson. The reason for our very being, our only source of joy at the moment. It has been a long, hard road.
Firstly, let me explain our circumstances. I have been a single mother for years. My daughters are now adult, but they have also had their trials. My youngest daughter got a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease a couple of years ago. She has just gone back to college after her initial illness wrecked her “A” Levels. She hopes to become a vet or at least work in the veterinary profession. My eldest daughter got a late diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (aged 22 to be exact!) She is the mother of this beautiful little boy pictured here. She was in an abusive relationship and can no longer have a relationship with the baby’s father, due to the danger he poses to them (not that she wants to be with him anymore) he contributes nothing to his son’s upkeep, moral support or otherwise. She works hard on minimum wage as a carer for the elderly and doing a fantastic job raising her son, my grandson.
Two years ago, we had to sell the former marital home. As I didn’t earn enough to get a mortgage, and I certainly didn’t get equity to buy anywhere new, we now live in rented accomodation. To start with, we could well afford it. We had my cousin living with us, the baby’s father at the time, so we could afford the upkeep. My cousin decided to move out two weeks before renewal date of the tenancy, not giving us enough time to find somewhere smaller, nor indeed a pet friendly home. My dogs are my personal companions. Being single myself, they give me the unconditional love I don’t get elsewhere.
I have worked hard all my life, but because of the people who have moved out, it falls to just me and my eldest daughter to keep it going.
I eventually found a great job, working for a nursery run by a charity. Sadly have been ill for two weeks with acute sinuitis and stress. I do not get sick pay. I am so worried we will not make the rent for the end of the month.
We are struggling with heating costs and barely eat ourselves, as long as my gorgeous grandson and the dogs eat properly, I am ok. We do not want to be potentially homeless. Myself, my daughters and my grandson have been through enough already.
We are trying to apply for help from our local authority, but this could take up to 8 weeks to sort out. We do not want to go behind with our rent. It is a private tenancy and private landlords are far less understanding.
I have never done anything like this before. We are proud women who do not want to rely on charity, but pride has to go out of the window if, potentially, your nearest and dearest could be out on the street. We want to remain together for as long as possible. We have been through so much together and love eachother very much. However, the stresses of late have caused lots of fights and angst. We want our harmonious family back again.
I hope you would consider giving us help at this very stressful and emotional time. Things are so precarious and we do everything for the little man pictured here. I just want a cup of tea in the evenings, in a warm house with my family by my side and our dogs. And enough to eat and to be able to afford our bills and rent.
Thank you in advance for taking the trouble to read our story.