A dad with only $16 left in his bank account wishes they could cancel Christmas.
Neil Tugby and his wife Caroline Rose both lost their jobs during the coronavirus lockdown and now they fear they will also lose their home.
Caroline managed to get a part-time job but her salary is not enough to cover their expenses.
The mother-of-one said she’s now considering selling her engagement ring as their situation became so dire, according to Birmingham Live.
Neil also found a new job but had to give it up so he could take care of their daughter Heidi who was born prematurely and required surgery.
The worried father said his hair is now falling out because of stress.
“I’m dreading Christmas as I’m struggling with my mental health, and Neil’s hair and beard is falling out from all the stress too,” Caroline said.
“I’ve found a part-time job but it’s not enough and Neil found a temp job but because we’re now shielding for another operation for Heidi, they had to let him go after only a few weeks.
“I think we have £12.12 in the bank right now. How am I going to pay our rent?
“We’re probably going to lose our house as our savings have run out. I’m now considering selling my engagement ring.”
She added: “We’d definitely be canceling Christmas this year if we could.”
Fortunately, the couple received some help from Action for Children.
The deputy chief executive of Action for Children, Carol Iddon, said: “Christmas should be the most exciting time of the year but instead children and young people are desperately struggling to get through this crisis, with parents wishing away the pressure of the festive season.”
Iddon continued: “Every day our frontline workers are helping parents keep their heads above water as some face the prospect of eviction or selling belongings to cover the cost of Christmas, while vulnerable children who should be enjoying a safe and happy childhood are suffering nightmares, panic attacks, or being scared of issues like death and illness.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section and SHARE this story with your friends and family!