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Read about some of  the experiences that have inspired us to create this charity and hopefully help others new to this journey

Spoken by some of those working to help widowed in need suceed

"After arriving back in the UK, with nothing but a suitcase of clothes, I had to

surrvive on the charity of my family for food, shelter and clothes for me and

my  then, two year old son. I was offered a run down house as a home for my son

and I; With no money for improvments we were very fortunate for the charity

offered by strangers in my comunity. People I did not know came to help

decorate, move furniture and even gave money for paint, etc. Without the help

of these people we would not have been able to move in.

My inheritacne from my hubby's estate was less than £7000 (arriving a year

later) and recovering from a broken arm and a preschooler, finding work was not

really an option.

I do think if my story wasnt so shocking the help would have been far

less; Which is why charities like this are vital, regardless of how we became

widowed.)"

T

"When my fiance passed away he died only with debts. We had been living on his

ESA and the child benefit of arround £30 a week for the kids.

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I needed to apply for child tax credits for both kids, but it had been the last thing on my mind

as I had given birth to my son in May. We had moved in together properly in

June (we had  been kind of living together a while but most of mine and my

daughters stuff was still at my house) and then for the remainder of June my

fiance was constently throwing up, in a lot of pain and in and out of hospital.

My son also had colic and never slept and then in July my fiance was diagnosed

with terminal cancer. I spent most of July and August in the hospital with

him ( he had a private room so I was able to stay all day and night if I

wanted). He passed away at the end of August and I just could not cope at all!
I had to go straight back to our house we had shared and try to cope with mine

and my daughters grief, a four month old that barely slept and screamed

constantly and a house that was falling to bits and full of boxes. I then found

I was left with the £30 a week child benefit to live on as the ESA was stopped

a week after he died. I got help to apply for tax credits a couple of weeks

later as my head was not in the right place at all! It took almost three months

for them to finally sort tax credits, so for those few months me and the kids

were trying to cope on £30 a week, which when you have to pay for food,

gas,electric, water, tv license,travel costs, school costs, etc etc doesn't

exactly go far! Thankfully I had a little help from someone at the childrens

centre who managed to get me three lots of food from the food bank in that

time (which is all you are allowed in a year I think?) but that meant we were

having to make food that was only meant to last three to four days, last nearly

a month. Thankfully I didnt have to pay out for funeral costs as his sister was

in a better situation, so covered that. I also had to reaply for housing benefit

as we had had a joint claim. So while waiting for that I ended up racking up a

month and a halfs worth of rent arears, as well as the £15 a week bedroom tax I

should of been paying"

J

"Going from a fulltime wage coming into suddenly having no income I had no idea

what to do, who to turn to for help I had no friends or family to ask for

financial help. Having to apply for finacial help from the goverment is a

lengthly process in the meantime how are people suppose to cope? There should

be somewhere to turn to for help even short term help to buy essential things

like food"

C

"I went on maternity leave. I was on a full time wage and had worked with my employer for eight years. My Fiance died in his sleep suddenly two weeks after our son was born. My employer was very supportive and I was able to claim my maternity but had to leave my job. My son is now 2 years old. I am unable to work, due to my son not being able to attend nursery full time as he has special needs. All we live off is £130 a fortnight from income support and £80 a week which is child benefit and child tax credit. That's it. It is depressing, degrading and hard work to make ends meet. What was meant to be the happiest moment in our lives has become a time of struggle. Not to mention loosing our home. Not being entitled to any help because we were not married. It leaves me questioning the system. There is no support out there for people like me"

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