Hello everyone. I'm not really sure where to start.
In 2014 I escaped from my abusive boyfriend, I'll spare you the details incase it upsets anyone but I was safer sleeping in the car down country lanes.
Not long after I met my new partner and we decided to put together all the credit we could get and buy a narrow boat. we decided on a narrow boat for two reasons; 1. even with both of us working we could not afford to rent anywhere within 10 miles of where we lived, the council would not help us they said the car was fine. and 2. we could move when we needed to because my ex would not quit. even though he was in a new relationship he takes great pleasure in tracking me down and making my life he'll.
The boat is small, needed lots of cosmetic work, doesn't have warm water to the shower or 240v electrics only 12v (car cigarette lighter sockets) but it was the best we could afford at the time and it was an upgrade from the car and safe.
Three months later I fell pregnant. we were overjoyed but realised we would need a bigger and better equipped boat, as ours had started to have engine troubles which occasionally left us without electricity or running water and ment we could not move. we decided to start saving for a new boat but with the loan payments for the current one, bills to fix the engine and impending maternity leave it was near impossible.
We eventually got the engine sorted and our little man decided to arrive fit and healthy but a month premature. we have the everyday things he needs and more love than we could ever give this amazing little boy but as he is almost 5 months old we will soon be needing more space so he can have somewhere to crawl and play and eventually have his own room. 38ft by 6ft does not allow the luxury of unused inches.
I know allot of you will be thinking just get a flat or stay with family but living in a house or a flat really isn't affordable or safe because of my ex, the police have been involved they know his family well and even if the police or a court did find a way of stopping him from trying to hurt us it would never stop all of them. in regards to family I don't know my mom, my dad lives in Ireland and the only siblings i have are not old enough to take us in. my partners dad is no longer with us and his moms new husband will not allow her to see him or her grandson.
We are hoping to get a 57ft boat that will allow us to have two bedrooms and a space for little man to play, also a more reliable engine so we can charge our batteries better and have normal plug sockets.
We don't want luxury just the basics that most other people have. even a small amount will help us on our journey of a safe and happy life.
Thank you so much.
Unfortunately it's not really feasible to up load pictures or videos we don't have phones that could take a good enough video and I don't want any of my details such as clues to location or what the boat currently looks like getting back to the wrong people. but if we get enough funding for the new boat we could possibly take a family photo infront of it just for donators.