Hello Dear Reader,
I often sit and do my school work and listen to something on the I player and tonight, I listened to Radio 5 Live as it was about ‘Foodbanks’ which provide emergency food parcels for families in crisis. So often, I’ll listen to something like this and I wonder why I’m crying. Here’s the link to the radio programme.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0178ggy
My son is now twenty five and he and I lived as a family unit whilst he was a little boy. For a short time, I couldn’t find any work and spent a short and miserable time on state benefits and I know first hand what it is like to live well below the poverty level. I may have dug my way out of that within six months but nonetheless, I know what it’s like. For quite a while, I just about managed to pay my rent, put money in my electricity meter, buy a few second hand clothes and coal for our fire. I know first hand how hard it is to claw my way out of unemployment and into a job. For quite a while, I had three jobs to get by. I worked in an old people’s home as a carer at the weekend, cleaned posh folk’s houses by day and worked in a local pub behind the bar in the evening. I was lucky, my mum looked after my son overnight and at the weekend. I missed him terribly but I kept a roof over his head.
I know I am one of the lucky ones who made it out the other side. There are so many people who just have to hang on! Tonight, some people will only eat because Foodbank, churches and charities have fed them. Tonight, as the temperature drops, elderly people on fixed incomes will not be able to have any heating. As food prices soar, as fuel and energy prices continue to rise, families will be making the choice between food or heating.Mark and Helen’s story – those who don’t make it! and there’s more and more people facing real hardship Foodbanks and soup kitchens
Many families, like mine will have had pay cuts (DB – 10%) and just have to get on with it. There are those of us who are just finding it tough but we’ll get through it, to those of us – hang on.xxx