I’m an unemployed postgraduate. After getting a Masters degree at University I’ve struggled to hold down employment and have recently just lost a full-time job after just over a year of working there, which I and my partner had thought was the turning point for us after struggling to make ends meet for two years. My partner has pretty severe depression and has suffered at the hands of workplace bias, but she is still looking for work despite these obstacles. In the meantime we are getting support from my parents, though my mum has had to enter early retirement due to health issues and my dad is working through his retirement just to support us. We do not own our property, so every month we’re shelling out rent. This meant that we have not been able to accrue savings and since losing my job we’ve eaten right the way to the bottom of my overdraft. My dad is fronting most of the money for our rent, but he can’t afford much more than that. He has no idea that we’re through our overdraft and I don’t want to put any further strain on him. My mum is very ill. Some family troubles and some hospital visits have left her in a very bad state. She has to take more than eight different types of medication a day and suffers from heart, liver and kidney problems as well as diabetes. She is exhausted and she is very sad, and I’ve had her on the phone to me recently crying and saying she would be better off dead. There are further issues to do with my brother, who has been acting very abusively towards her, but I don’t want to go into them. My parents are the most wonderful parents I could have ever hoped for, and I’m so honoured that they are working through their retirements to try and keep me afloat. I hate that I’m such a drain on them and I wish I could find work, but even with my qualifications it’s a tough environment. If I could raise even £50 for them I would love to be able to put together some gesture of my gratitude. My mum’s been so distraught lately and I’m increasingly aware that, whilst she thankfully has nothing terminal, we can’t be sure how much time we have left together. My dad has been doing his very best to be strong for both my mum and for us, and he's genuinely one of the kindest and most sincere people I know. Raising somewhere between £200 and £1,000 would allow me to take them on holiday, which I've wanted to do for so long. They haven’t had a holiday since I was 12 (I’m 27 now!), and they haven't been able to afford to do anything for themselves all the time I've been of an age where I am supposed to be able to support myself. If I could raise £3,000 I would be able to pay off my debt to the bank and also take them on holiday. I daren’t ask for any more than that, but anything additional that I could raise I would like to use to replenish the savings accounts that I’ve had to drain dry during my academic career and make small adjustments that would improve myself, my parents and my parents quality of life. Thank you for considering me. I apologise for not going into too much detail about my situation, but please understand that I just want to do something for my parents after they’ve gone above and beyond to try and help me.