Sale firm helps out home­less fam­ily living in their car

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - Abigail O’Leary

AHOMELESS cou­ple forced to live in their car af­ter pay-day loan debts spi­ralled out of con­trol are get­ting their lives back on track – thanks to a car­ing Sale busi­ness­man.

Philip and Vic­to­ria Sher­lock have been living out of their car for three months, af­ter a stom­ach op­er­a­tion meant he could no longer work as a £400-a-week gar­dener.

Their loss of in­come saw Vic­to­ria, 32, take on more hours as a shop as­sis­tant, but the des­per­ate cou­ple then had their benefits cut.

And hav­ing no choice but to sell fur­ni­ture and take out pay-day loans, Philip and Vic­to­ria were even­tu­ally forced to leave their home and live in their Ford Fo­cus in Warrington to be closer to Vic­to­ria’s job.

The dis­traught cou­ple even cel­e­brated their ninth wed­ding an­niver­sary by shar­ing a Twix bar in their car.

They used su­per­mar­kets and public toi­lets to wash and brush their teeth.

But thanks to the kind­ness of Jasen Jackiw, a busi­ness­man who heard about the heart­break­ing story on TV, Philip, 41, has been thrown a life­line af­ter months of des­per­ately search­ing for a job.

He has now started work as a stock manager at Jasen’s firm Prymo, a spe­cial­ist re-sur­fac­ing com­pany based in Sale.

Jasen, 30, said: “I saw Philip was get­ting a lot of hate from some peo­ple say­ing he was just lazy and I thought well I’ll give him a job if he re­ally wants one. He started two weeks ago and he’s just been bril­liant.

“He runs all the ware­house and stock now, and does a bit of the main­te­nance stuff too, and we have never been so or­gan­ised there as we are now.”

Philip couldn’t be­lieve it when the of­fer of a job came through, and although the cou­ple still spend some nights living in a van, when­ever they can af­ford it they treat them­selves to a ho­tel – and hope to get their own flat.

Philip said: “We were fight­ing for months to keep a roof over our head, but in Jan­uary we couldn’t fight any more.

“Jasen saw what I was go­ing through, and it’s heart-warm­ing that there are peo­ple out there who will do this for a to­tal stranger.”

Philip Sher­lock, right, with his new boss Jasen Jackiw

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