I moved to the UK in 2005 and I have built a wonderful life here with my husband and have been hoping for my parents, who live in South Africa, to join us, to enjoy being close to our family, and spend time with their grandchildren. All has not gone to plan. My father became ill with cancer and has been unable to work for over 5 years, meaning they cannot afford the professional help they need to apply for their Ancestral Visas so that he can get the professional medical attention that he requires. This process is difficult and very expensive. For my spouse visa alone I have paid over £23000. It’s devastating to not have them close to us and I am hoping to raise some money so we can finally be together and live and support each other as a family. I really wish I could afford to help them financially but I am not in a position to do so.