T and L’s Home Repair Fundraiser

Update posted by Tanya F On Aug 31, 2017

Hi Everybody,

We have had some good news come through today! Edinburgh City Council are willing to re-home us on a temporary basis and take responsibility for having the work undertaken to bring the flat brought back into a suitable condition. They are providing an appropriate flat in the same area, meaning that we keep the same midwife team, can still have the same doula, and will be in reach of the same support networks we require. They will be providing movers to get all our furniture and belongings into the new flat, and again to bring it all back once the flat has the all clear.

This is the least bad of all the possible outcomes we were facing at this time. It will hopefully give us a one week (though hopefully more) before the baby is here to just cozy up and prepare. It does mean a lot of work packing up our home and it will mean moving back with a newborn, but such is life. It is also highly illustrative of the current housing crisis that even with £2.5k raised in this fundraiser that we had been unable to secure a private let that would take us on. The aftermath of the Right To Buy and the current wave of mass gentrification taking place in the UK has meant that rent in Edinburgh is aimed far above what we could ever hope to afford.

So, talking of money, we worked out that in terms of attempted repair costs alone we have run up in the region of £3k in materials, labour, and other associated costs. This doesn't include the massive jump in outgoings that moving between other houses has caused, from having to buy food as and when it is needed to travel costs for getting around and back to the flat. This fundraiser is open to help plug that gap, and while it doesn't make up for the 2mths we are behind on our birth plans/nesting that B&Q/Valspar have caused, it will help us keep our chins above water. We will be asking for those costs back from B&Q/Valspar, and separately using funds from here to talk with a solicitor to pursue a damages claim. If at the end of this whole process we end up with more money than we started then we plan on offering everyone their donations back. We will then pass forward any unclaimed funds to other mother's facing similar hardship via CRIBS International.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped us, not only with this fundraising aspect of things but also with the friendship, practical help, and solidarity we have experienced.

Love & Solidarity,

T.

PS - In the next update I hope to discuss the latest news on how things are proceeding in our struggle with B&Q/Valspar. We talked with Valspar earlier today and have not been impressed with them one bit.

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Update posted by Tanya F On Aug 29, 2017

Hi all,

This is T here. I just want to say how much this has touched our hearts over the past few days. Every time I look at this fundraiser I start to cry knowing that friends and strangers have helped us out so close to the baby coming.

This disaster has cost us over £2700 in materials/professional labour costs alone. This isn't including the extra costs of travel and food while living at other people's homes, nor does it account for the unprecedented stress this has put on myself and (more worryingly) L or the work done by myself and the 25 friends and family members who have put in their time to try fix this. It has wiped out the money we had saved for the new baby and we are worryingly low on funds as we are both on low incomes (with L being a student nurse).

The flat being ready in time is now an impossibility, and so we are looking at there options, each with ups and downs.

The first and best option would be to rent a flat somewhere in Edinburgh. This would cause the least disruption and allow L to stay within her support networks. I would also be close on hand to oversee getting the flat back in order. The downside is that it is expensive (£700-900/month + deposit for somewhere that could accommodate our family - me, L, L's older child, and a newborn). Also, most places are looking for a 6 month short assured tenancy. For this reason we have raised the target of the fundraiser so it shows our actual target.

L has extended family in the borders that could let us stay at their cottage. This would mean travelling two and a half hours by public transport then an hour walk at L's pace up a rough track to get there. It would also comes with the stress of contact with estranged family members, however does allow some level of maintaining support.


Our third option is to move to my sister's place in Bolton. This would provide a house big enough for all of us to live in as my sister could move in with her lovely boyfriend. The downside is that this completely cuts us off from all support networks and makes getting the flat fixed a living nightmare as I don't drive. Even travelling down with 4 suitcases of new baby materials (not including our own things on top) looks like a tall order.

So this is where things stand at the moment. Thanks again to everyone who has donated or shared this fundraiser. I'm humbled by you all. I'll keep folks up to date here with what is happening, and in the next update I'll explain what we plan to do if B&Q or Valspar ever pay any money back to us (spoiler: we would pass it on to other expectant/new mothers in a similar situation).


Love,

T.

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