Martin Jr.’s Story
Life was very difficult last winter for Martin Jr. (aged 4) and his big sisters Chardenay (15) and Faith (13). “My husband Martin was furloughed last year,” says his mum, Michelle. “We really struggled. Trying to sign off our Universal Credit claim was a nightmare because we didn’t know when he would be paid.”
On top on their financial anxieties, dad Martin has been very ill. “We felt isolated. Arguments were happening. It was all too much.” Thankfully, Martin Jr.’s family got support through TLG Box of Hope from their local church, New Addington Baptist Church.
Michelle says emotionally, “Box of Hope had a positive impact on all our mental health. Mentally, it stopped me stressing so much. I went through a stage where I couldn’t sleep from worry. I sleep so much better now, mainly due to the church’s support. Box of Hope has done so much for my family."
Unfortunately, this winter is also set to be filled with challenges for the family. “This year my husband’s having surgery so he’s off work. We don’t know what money will be coming in, it’s going to be a struggle. Due to the Universal Credit uplift ending, we will receive about £88 less each month. We have to be stricter with the food we’re able to buy."