This week, we’d like to help a family from Sussex, who are grieving and struggling.
The mum is looking after her 4 children (all aged under 12) on her own. Her husband had bowel cancer and sadly passed away in September, after a long period of illness. They were both self-employed and in the year leading up to his death, they had to stop working. It left them very short of money, and they had to borrow to pay bills and rent.
While her husband was going through treatment, she lost her grandad to bladder cancer. And shortly after, her father-in-law died from liver cancer. Three months later, her mum was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. She found herself sitting with her husband on one side of her receiving chemo, with her mum on the other side having her treatment.
“That day my husband and I got called into a room by his consultant. We were given the devastating news that his cancer has spread to the liver, bones, bladder and was given up to 6 months to live. I will never forget that day. Our poor children have had to come to terms with cancer tearing our happy family apart.”
So now, the mum is on her own caring for 4 young children, who are all still dealing with the loss of their dad, their grandpa and their great-grandpa, while watching their nan battle the same disease.
On top of all of this loss, they are also struggling financially. They rely on food banks for their meals, and friends’ hand-me-downs for their clothes. Their fridge is broken, and only 2 hobs on their cooker are working.
This family was nominated by teachers at the children’s school, who said they have been through far too much and are in need of some kindness. With your help, we would love to make life better for them.