After Mark’s company went into administration unexpectedly, he found himself working on a basic salary just to stay in employment.
Soon after, his son Adam was born with a serious heart defect, adding significant pressure to the family’s finances.
“Adam spent 42 days of the first three months of his life in hospital. I was constantly back and forth between home and the hospital, trying to be there for Adam and my wife while maintaining some sense of normality for my daughter, Aimee.
“First, I used up my paternity leave, then my holiday, then I went unpaid. On top of that, it’s really expensive to live in hospital. Between parking, petrol, eating… the nurses would tell us to get a coffee, but we’d be worried about how to pay for it!