Help Kathleen & Family find a home

£1,850 of £2,500 goal

Raised by 75 people in 38 months
My name is Zoe. I have recently become friends with Kathleen, who is a talented writer in her late 30’s.

Kathleen lives in Portsmouth UK, with her husband, 4 kids and their dog (see photo: trying to help out with the house search).

Life was ticking along quite nicely for Kathleen and her family, until a few years ago when she was beset by an incapacitating combination of health issues (6 operations, partial mastectomy, heart disease, unstable angina, to give you but a flavour) and her husband was made redundant. Just when they needed stability most, the landlord sold their house from under them and they were made homeless.

It was this point at which Kathleen and her family discovered that the safety net that is supposed to be there to cushion the fall when we hit unexpected hard times is full of gaping holes. The safety net which she, her husband, and many others of us have paid towards throughout theirs and our working lives.

And the situation continues to get worse. The latest landlord has decided to evict the family, and Kathleen has recently experienced another hospital stay with agonising pleurisy and pneumonia. Given her underlying health conditions, Kathleen should now be lying on the sofa recovering, being fed peeled grapes, watching trash TV, and most definitely NOT stressing (doctors’ orders - if only they could prescribe on time tax credits; we’ll come on to that).

Instead, she is pounding the streets on foot daily out of necessity (no money for transport), between hospital and doctors appointments, to try and find a new rental that will be within the family’s means and for which a landlord will accept them. Have you ever tried to get a rental with no savings for a deposit, a bad credit rating from previous redundancy, 4 kids and a dog? Then, trying come up with creative ways to feed a family on a pittance, when - oops, sorry – there’s been a mistake with tax credits and you’ll get them “sometime in September”.

This is not a sob story, this is a real story. A real human story within which any of us could be the protagonists.

Kathleen is a determined and resilient person who is clearly doing everything within her power to get back on an even keel.  Kathleen does not want a “hand out”, but I am here to tell you (because she simply won’t), that as a fellow human being and member of our community, she does need our support to climb back up into that safety net, away from the swirling dark water below.

£2500 will quite simply pay for a deposit, a month’s rent, her move, and a couple of wardrobes to replace those rotten by the damp in her current rental property. Any contribution you can afford will be most gratefully appreciated.



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A very special update today,

I PASSED REFERENCING! All the hoops have been jumped through, and hurdles have been leaped. It's taken a while, and been so stressful I can't even, but the tenancy is officially mine. (I won't fully relax until I have the keys in my hand, but that's just me.)
I'm hoping to move in on the weekend of the 2nd October, with my books and bits and bobs. It will, at least, be a very simple move, as we have very little to take with us! The positives are endless haha.
Thank you all again for making this possible. Without all of you, I would be looking at a bleak future of a bedsit, until the council could house me - and then it would have likely been out of city.
So thank you. All of you. You've given me, and my family, a future and a house that we had only dreamt of living in. You're all amazing.

Emma Kathleen x
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Hello everyone!
Sorry for being a bit lax on the update side of things, but (as you can imagine) life is increasingly manic as we pack, throw, and sort.
I am still going through the referencing stage of things. News from the Letting Agent is that the credit referencing has been done, and now he is getting work references from the Hubs' employer (and our lovely guarantor's employer as well). We have to go tomorrow with forms of ID (hilarity ensues, as we have no passports or driving licenses).
All in all, it's looking promising, but there may well be a delay in the start of tenancy, because...the landlord wants to REDO the damp course for the house!! A landlord, who is WILLINGLY treating damp?? I swear I nearly passed out from the shock of it all, but it gives me just one more reason to think maybe, just maybe, it's all happened for a reason.
On the plus side, a delay in moving does give me a little bit of wiggle room to find the remaining funds, and more time, of course, to say once more, THANK YOU to all of you. Your support, messages, love, and kindness, as well as your generosity, have meant so very much to us as a family. To know we're going through this, but are far from 'alone' means the world.
Thank you all,

Emma Kathleen x
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Hello everyone, Zoe here.

How wonderful to see that we have pushed past the mid point decisively. It's been really heart warming for me, let alone for Kathleen, to see friends I haven't seen for years donating to this important cause. You have all been so generous and kind.

I hope you will help us to push on by encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to donate as well as sharing this campaign on Twitter and Facebook. We have £1000 to raise in 12 days; can we do it? I really hope so, because it is what it will take to secure this family's home. It's right within their reach now.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

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Hello everyone!

Thank you all again for your amazing generosity. We're over the halfway mark, and it's beyond beautiful for me and my family. What was going to be impossible is becoming a reality...something I had not imagined would happen.
Tomorrow afternoon, I should have just a small bit of news, even if it's only that all the paperwork is being done. Right now, I'm in Limbo. BUT.
My children are so amazed, grateful, and excited. They keep looking at the pictures on Right Move. They are packing their things, and casting away the 'old life'. Their behaviour has been hectic, but good. Not depressed and moody. (I'll soon have non-lethal rooms to send them to...)
I'll be taking videos over the weekend, but please be aware we're living in Box City now, as we pack up our books and 'things'.
Thank you all again. I can't believe we're over halfway, or that this dream might become a reality.

With love,
Emma Kathleen.
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Raised by 75 people in 38 months
Created September 2, 2015
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Karen Pearson
32 months ago

Just saw your video and then found this go fund me. All the best to you and your family Kathleen x

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