This is Linda’s Story….
Ten years ago, life changed dramatically for us. My
husband, Neil, and I were both working full time,
taking long holidays and really enjoying life. Then the
unexpected happened – we became the legal guardians
of our two year old grandson Blair. When we first took
custody of him we still had money coming in so we
were doing alright financially. I kept working for a while,
however I found it increasingly difficult. When he first
arrived I would drop him off at daycare at 6.30 in the
morning, catch the bus to work in the city and back
again, to pick him up by 4pm. I did this for a while, but it
just got too much in the end. I had to pack it in.
Neil retired soon after, aged 70, and then things got
very tough for us and I knew I’d have no choice but to
reach out for help. It was one of the hardest decisions as
we’ve never needed charity before. At the time I felt like
I was the only one going through it. We have since met
many others out there that are in the same boat as us
and they have a lot more children than we do. Talking to
others helped a lot.
The food and other things, like tissues, washing up
detergent and toiletries, have been a huge help, because
in the weeks when you haven’t got that extra bit of
money, you know you can still get enough food to get
you by until the next fortnight.