NHS saved life but can’t save home

Martin spent his entire life as a professional musician (drummer) and music teacher until 2014 when he was informed he had esophageal cancer.33370902_1539188218514372_r.jpegMartin spent his entire life as a professional musician (drummer) and music teacher until 2014 when he was informed he had esophageal cancer.  Straight into chemotherapy followed by aggressive surgery.  His mortgage is outstanding and although smaller payments have been made throughout this time, a notice of repossession was received in September. If having heard Cancer is not destroying enough, losing the roof over his head is.  Please Share and donate if you can to stop this action was the original text of this GoFundMe the 30th of September.

Suddenly the campaign took off and not only was trending, but grabbed the attention of people around the world. The first 48 hours were very emotional for the family as we saw humanity step forward with people who were to try and stop court action.  The BBC News aired our situation and I did an interview. Only 2 donations have been made since.  When Martin was first diagnosed and having lost his mother only 10 years earlier from the identical cancer he asked me and our children to keep it to ourselves for fear it would destroy his career. Therefore through 3 gruelling months of chemotherapy with a month to gain his strength before surgery he continued to work. Christmas 2014 was spent with family and no income then right after the year end he spent the next 2 months in hospital. 

The funds raised have been paid to the mortgage lender, but nowhere what is needed.  We have now been told the only way we can remain in our home any longer is through a force sale but still must maintain our contractual payments. This will allow us 90 days to either pay the outstanding amount or sell. At which point if neither can be accomplished we will have to vacate. The house goes on the market Tuesday at a price of 25k below market value for a “quick sale”. Difficult as without enough equity to buy we will have to find a solution. 

We are so grateful  to the NHS, Family & Friends who have been there for us through these dreadful years of hardship.  Any funds that are raised will now be paid to the mortgage lender but are also needed to secure a rental and moving costs.

We have no other options with such little time. I humble myself to you graciously.
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Noelle Martin 
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Northampton, East Midlands, United Kingdom
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