This is an incredibly difficult thing to write but so many of you have insisted I share because you would like to help...
Therefore I am putting my male pride to one side and telling a story I am deeply ashamed of. If I could turn back the clocks I would in an instant but life does not work that way - like many of us I have learnt that the hard way.
12 years ago when I was young, carefree and bloody stupid I did something that would unknowingly change my life later on for the worse. I am now paying for that mistake.
As you may have seen from my insta stories I have until June 2nd 2020 to pay a debt of £151,270 - the alternative is a prison sentence of 28 months after which the debt would still be payable with interest charged on top (estimated at £1000 per month).
As you will have seen the only possible way to pay off this debt is to give up the labrachildren HQ to pay for that brief moment of stupidity. The labrachildren HQ is now listed for sale with an Estate Agent - It is heartbreaking.
To those wondering how this situation came about 12 years ago I want to be open and honest with you. I unwittingly agreed to transport a small bag from one location to another for a worthless fee. Within that bag I later found out was cash profited from illegal activity. I got tangled up in a huge mess.
So now after many years of uncertainty, I have been summoned to pay a debt of £151,270 which I can only afford if I sell the labrachildren HQ. Once again I really wasn’t going to share this publicly but many people that know my story have urged me to start a fundraiser so here we are.
Whilst there is absolutely no obligation to do so if you would like to help in anyway, shape or form I’d be really appreciative no matter how big or small your contribution is.
Just asking for help is hard enough but it’s for making the lives of the labrachildren better.
Long time followers of my page will know that I do not profit from Instagram. I see it as a full time job of passion and I do not work with any brands or products (despite countless offers). I give my heart and soul to running our page and I am so proud of the community we have built up together. Even if nothing comes of this fundraiser getting this off my chest to you is a relief.
Please note if we do not hit the target for the full amount the money will be used in one of the following ways:
1) To see if we might be able to remortgage the labrachildren HQ to raise enough funds
2) If the labrachildren HQ still needs to be sold after mortgage and Crown debt paid off funds raised would be put towards a smaller property purchase
Finally I want to apologise to anyone who may feel let down to be reading this. I am truly sorry to my followers and family.
Thank you for reading.
1 - Why is the target higher than the debt you mention?
Gofundme charge fees on donations and payments. Their fees are 2.9% on the full amount raised plus £0.25 per donation.
2 - What have you done to pay off the debt yourself?
The original debt was £187,770 - I have managed to pay off £36,500 myself and as you know I am now faced with selling the labrachildren HQ to fund the remaining debt