Family launches online fundraising plea after having benefits cut

Ms Grimes said she was 'ashamed' to ask for help

Monday, December 9, 2019

A young couple who saw a slash in their benefits have almost tripled their £1,000 target after launching a plea for help on fundraising website GoFundMe.

Parents-of-seven Jenny Grimes, 25, and partner Ryan Rodgers, 26, say they are “struggling to get by” after their benefits were capped to the “bare minimum”.

Ms Grimes wrote on the web page that her family was getting back on its feet after becoming homeless and their financial situation was becoming more difficult in the run up to Christmas.

“We feel really ashamed to have to do this as we've never had to do anything like this before, I hate to have to do this and it's took [sic] a lot for me to actually do it but there is only so much we can do as a family,” she wrote.

“Any help at all is very much appreciated even if you could point me in the direction of getting some help. Thank you!”

The original target was to raise £1,000

The parents told the Liverpool Echo that they used to receive £2,100 a month in financial support but new benefit caps saw this significantly reduced.

Mr Rodgers and Ms Grimes claimed that, after deducting the cap, rent and universal credit advance payment costs, they are now left to survive on just £480 per month.

They said this means they often have to rely on food banks and charities to get by.

Their brood is made up of seven-year-old Ellie, twins Kenzie and Kelsie, six, Laysie, four, Archie, two, and seven-month old twins Tobie and Rylie.

Ms Grimes' online plea originally set a target for £1,000 but the current total stands at £2,997.

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