Gran’s hope for change af­ter read­ers’ kind­ness

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A woman whose ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing her young grand­daugh­ter sparked a huge re­sponse from Sun­day Mail read­ers has told how she’s been given re­newed hope of change.

The gran, named only as Norma, told how she had been driven to the brink of sui­cide be­cause they had so lit­tle. Norma, 58, of Mary­hill, Glas­gow, said: “What Mr Adam­son has ex­pe­ri­enced when he has been speak­ing to young peo­ple is shock­ing – but un­sur­pris­ing to me.

“Peo­ple wouldn’t be­lieve what goes on. It’s aw­ful. I have key me­ters for elec­tric­ity and gas so, if you have no money, you have no heat­ing or light­ing. You haven’t enough money for food so have to bor­row to eat. You get into ar­rears and it just breaks you.

“Much of the prob­lem is down to the Gov­ern­ment and how they are run­ning the ben­e­fits sys­tem. Ben­e­fits get mixed up and you can be left with­out enough money or any at all. This can lead to rent ar­rears – it’s like a domino ef­fect, which can be dev­as­tat­ing.

“One thing which has helped is free meals in pri­mary schools. It’s a big thing to know your child is get­ting a meal.

“I have sis­ters who help and I re­ally feel for peo­ple who have no fam­ily back-up.

“Peo­ple have been un­be­liev­ably kind since I shared my story in the Sun­day Mail last Christmas.

“But poverty is not just about money – it af­fects ev­ery as­pect of your life. It does in your self-es­teem and you feel over­whelm­ing shame.

“Peo­ple need help to get them out of difficulty. What we need is ac­tion.”

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