Surviving Winter Appeal – Sue’s Story

Sue lives in Falkirk with her husband and six children. Sue first found out about Aberlour three years ago. Her son Luke, who was only 11 at the time, was having problems at school. He has ADHD and autism, and it was clear to her that he wasn’t getting the support he needed with his education. No one was listening to her, until Angela, a Support Family Worker from Aberlour stepped in. Angela’s job is to help children like Luke and their families with whatever issues they may be facing before they get out of control.

Together, Angela and Sue worked with the school so Luke could have the same opportunity to thrive as every other child. As Aberlour says, “A bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end”. Luke’s situation began to improve, and he started to do much better.

Aberlour Surviving Winter Campaign Sue and Baby

Then COVID hit.

Now Sue didn’t just have to deal with Luke’s issues – she also had to worry about where the next meal was coming from. Her husband was furloughed, so their income took a heavy hit. Bills and debts began to mount up, and feeding the children became a big challenge. Her family tried to help with the grocery shops whenever they could, but they were forced to start using a foodbank. The family also started to struggle to find enough money to keep the electricity meter topped up, and the constant warning beep was a reminder that money was about to run out.

It was then Sue decided to get back in touch with Angela. She helped Sue access an emergency cash grant from Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund, which meant she was able to buy food to feed the children and top up the electricity meter to keep them warm. They are also working together on a longer-term plan to get on top of the family’s finances.

Sue said: “Before lockdown things were starting to get back on track for us. Don’t get me wrong, we still had our ups and downs but we were coping and Luke was doing much better. Then, when COVID hit, things quickly started to get worse. I was embarrassed about what people would think when I started using the food bank, and on top of that with the whole family at home and a new baby to keep warm our utility bills were much bigger than before. I just felt hopeless.  The help we got was absolutely fantastic. I can’t think how I would have done it without Aberlour. It’s more than just help for the children, it’s emotional help for us as well. I know that Angela will always be there at the end of the phone. She was there for us before the pandemic, during lockdown, and I know she will still be there whenever I need her help in the future.”

 

Aberlour Surviving Winter Appeal Sue and baby

 

“My son Luke, who was only 11 at the time, was having problems at school. He has ADHD and autism, and it was clear to me that he wasn’t getting the support he needed with his education. That was really hard for Luke and for us, but no one listened to me until Angela from Aberlour stepped in. Angela is a Family Support Worker, and her job is to help children like Luke and their families with whatever issues they may be facing before they get out of control. Together, Angela and I worked with the school so Luke could have the same opportunity to thrive as every other child. As Aberlour says, “A bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end”. That made a big difference to us as a family. Don’t get me wrong, we still had our challenges, our ups and downs, like everyone else, but with Aberlour’s help we were coping and Luke was doing much better.

 

It’s YOU who makes Angela’s work possible. For so many families in Scotland, winter 2020 is going to be longer, colder, and harder.

Please, give what you can today to help ensure that Aberlour’s always there when children like Luke, and their families, need them.

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