My name is Siobhan, or you may know me as the artist Bloodoodles online.
I've been hesitant to ask for help from strangers, but I feel that things have gotten to a stage where I just can't do this alone.
I'm not asking for money to purchase a cute little fluffy companion, nor am I asking in order to purchase the latest tech.
This isn't for me at all.
I'm desperately trying to help my mother out of a long standing debt so she can finally relax and not constantly have the noose around her neck.
A little back story;
My mother and father divorced when I was 12. My mother raised both my sister and myself with virtually no help from my absent father (£5.10 a week in child maintenance for two children. I wish I was joking).
She did her absolute best to keep us fed and clothed alone. She's constantly worked, and worked damn hard.
Always put us before herself.
Three years ago, my Gran (her mother) was diagnosed with vascular dementia. My mum put her own life on hold for a year to go and live with her as her full time carer to keep her out of a care home, and grant her the dignity of being able to pass in familiar surroundings.
While the stress of losing her affected us all, I really cannot begin to imagine how it must have felt to watch this terrible condition eat away at her own mother.
These things have resulted in a debt that has shadowed her for the last 15 years, and it's just too much.
My mother recently was diagnosed with having suffered a TIA most likely due to stress (http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Transient-ischaemic-attack/pages/introduction.aspx), and it's been a very upsetting wake up call that things -need- to get sorted out -now-.
The idea of something happening to her, without her ever seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of debt, kills me.
I've been trying recently to raise funds myself through work, but I'm just unable to achieve the goal while supporting my own bills.
This is where I seek the generosity of strangers.
My mum deserves more than what life has thrown at her, and the best gift she could possibly get is a decent night's sleep.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this, and any help you may give is greatly appreciated <3
- Daniel Muir
- Ross Braithwaite
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