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“Now I’ve got to buy a school jumper, fuel, electric and it’s Christmas coming up. It’s not a good day for me.”

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Single dad Mike, 33, from Paignton in Devon planned to open a new business this year which had to be put on hold when the coronavirus crisis began. He is one of the many parents we spoke to as part of our research with YouGov. This report has revealed the state of UK families’ financial and mental health in the run up to Christmas this year.

Mike talks about what life is currently like for him and his two young children, Cody and Lara.

With Christmas around the corner, Mike was already struggling to make ends meet. His car was running out of fuel, he was using emergency electric, and he needed to get his four-year-old son, Cody, a new branded school jumper. Then, he was contacted by Cody’s school. There was a case of coronavirus in his class. So the family had to isolate for two weeks. Mike was planning to do a food shop, but now couldn’t get out to the shops or book a delivery to get any food in.

“I don’t even know what I’m going to do. I’ve got a few tins of bits and pieces. I don’t have anyone down here to help me out.”

Parents who have never needed help before are now struggling. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Secret Santa. We’ve seen how families like Mike’s have been turned upside down. But we’ve also seen the life-changing difference you can make.

Become a Secret Santa

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