Although diagnosed with bipolar disorder 40 years ago, Babs, 56 from Exeter had always managed to work, while raising her two sons alone.
The ex-army nurse had never claimed benefits until she was forced to permanently stop working due to a deterioration in her health. Unfortunately the wait for her Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was longer than anticipated and when all remaining money went towards paying the bills she was referred to a foodbank.
Babs is currently focusing on improving her health and is very grateful for the support she received from The Trussell Trust. She said: “The foodbank helped me unbelievably. Without it, my health wouldn’t be getting better as the one thing I wasn’t doing was feeding myself, so it’s part of a great big jigsaw of my recovery”.
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