“I had managed to get a government grant to cover half of the cost of the funeral and after hearing my situation, the MCF agreed to pay the difference. The funeral was still very simple; I bought flowers from my local supermarket and made all the food myself; we chose a basic coffin and the local social club lent me their hall for free. But I was so happy I could do this last thing for my mum – the MCF supporting me took the pressure off and I stopped worrying about how I was going to afford it, which allowed me to focus on making it a nice day for everyone.
Although the MCF supported me with funeral costs, I still didn’t know how I was going to cope day-to-day. I was receiving benefits which helped, but things that made the everyday that bit nicer were forgotten about as I couldn’t afford them. My Almoner said that given my financial situation, the MCF may be able to help me further with costs to cover my daily living expenses.
Sure enough, they came through and said “Yes, we can help and here are people you can talk to if you need emotional support.” It was the light at the end of a very dark, and long tunnel and in all honesty, it saved me.
The support has allowed me to do things with the boys that I couldn’t have done previously. If I wanted to do something as a family, I would have struggled and saved all I could – the grants I receive have removed the pressure and I feel as though I can actually provide for my children.
My son, Kian, came home from school one day and said that there was a Belgium trip that he wanted to go on. My older son Josh had been on the same trip, but this was something my mum paid for. Because of the support, I was able to give him the same opportunity as his brother, which was a trip he’s never forgotten.”