MUM-1/5 told of her struggle to feed her children while living on £33 a week – and not being able to afford their Christmas presents.
Keira Ward, whose children are 3, 4, 6, 9 and 11, became homeless in April after returning to Wales from Ireland.
The 29-year-old went to Conwy County Council for help and since June she and her children have been living in accommodation at Rhos on Sea Golf Club, North Wales Live report.
Her children go to a school in Old Colwyn and settle down – but the weekly bus fare to get them there is £44, leaving Keira to feed them around £33 a week.
“We live on bread and milk and lots of pasta and meals like baked beans with toast,” she said.
“The lack of money meant that I suffered from bouts of anxiety and panic attacks.
“When I had kids, I had to lie down and try to control my breathing, and my oldest son told me everything was going to be okay, and my daughter stroked my leg because I couldn’t really move. move.”
The mother, who moved to Wales to be closer to her family after things “went wrong” in Ireland, says her children don’t need to look after her.
But she says her finances make her nervous all the time.
“A charity in Llandudno will give me some gifts, which is a huge relief because I don’t have any excess funds,” she explained.
And although she usually enjoys Christmas, she desperately wants the occasion to end this year.
The mother hopes to find somewhere closer to her father to live in Wales and is currently on the housing list but says she is not considered the highest priority.
That means she may have to live in temporary conditions – like thousands of others above and below the country – for a long time.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17086751/mum-five-kids-33-week-afford-christmas/ I have five children and I live on £33 a week… I can’t even afford them Christmas presents.