I am currently waiting for 2 operations so have the stress from waiting and the stress of trying to keep my family warm with that as wellI don't know how I will cope while recovering. After 3 years of living like this and being forced to watch my family suffer ive decided I can't take it anymore, so decided to take action myself, my Council seems to think it is okay to live like this. The choice of living in a disgusting bedsit or a disgusting hostel (not much of a difference) Because of the cost of keeping the bedsit warm enough for my daughter our bills are getting constantly higher and higher, and we are having to now decided do we eat or do we pay bills.
Yes we are behind on our bills because of the constant decision of food or warmth, food is more important but so is keeping my daughter warm. I am scared to go out at night even if i need to, the area we live has drug dealers and gangs on every corner (my partner found a bag of weed at the bottom of our stairs to the bedsit (can you image if we had missed it and my daughter had picked it up - it doesn't bare thinking about)
I dont want to bring up my daughter like this ...The council still won't help us even though I am constantly on the phone to them, ive had alot of emails from the public telling me 'oh you live in England you get everything for free..' well actually no this isn't the case and people need to be made aware of this. The council has come up with excuse after excuse to try and deter us from going back again and again. I've been to my local MP jon cruddas but have received letters stating that he will also not help. Its okay for people to sit there and criticise and judge me when they are not living like this because they have nothing to worry about, but at 22 I shouldn't be feeling like this or making myself ill from all of the stress that this situation has caused... This is the 21st century and nobody should have to be forced to live like this.
All I want is to be able to give my daughter a better start in life, and for us to be able to start to live a normal life, not with mould, rats, drug dealers and being scared of my own shadow.
I want this new start for my family, and when we can finally thank our lucky stars we have been able to move there won't be the worry, the decisions, the stress. we will be able to make a fresh start, and hopefully my daughter is young enough to be able to forget what we have had to go through, and we will be able to build her some so much better memories
We ask for any donations to help us move and start to live like a family please every £1 is a step closer to getting my daughter out of here and getting her the family life that she deserves in a clean warm home and hopefully a whole new environment where she can grow up and learn without living in fear like I have for years
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