Sale firm helps out homeless family living in their car
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