A struggling dad has with just £12 to his name says he is so stressed about Christmas, his hair is falling out.
Parents Caroline Rose and Neil Tugby, both 28, from Sandwell, West Midlands were both made redundant during the first lockdown and now fear losing their home.
Fearing the expense of Christmas is only adding to their worries which also includes their daughter, Heidi needing an operation, BirminghamLive writes.
Neil found temporary work following redundancy but was soon let go after a few weeks as the family were forced to shield to protect Heidi who was born prematurely.
Money has been so tight for the family that Caroline said she was considering selling her engagement ring to keep them afloat.
Caroline said: "I'm dreading Christmas as I'm struggling with my mental health, and Neil's hair and beard is falling out from all the stress too.
"I've found a part-time job but it's not enough and Neil found a temp job but because we're now shielding for another operation for Heidi, they had to let him go after only a few weeks.
"I think we have £12.12 in the bank right now. How am I going to pay our rent?
"We're probably going to lose our house as our savings have run out. I'm now considering selling my engagement ring.
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"We'd definitely be cancelling Christmas this year if we could."
With finances tight, the couple were helped by Action for Children to buy food and toys – and they're not alone.
Carol Iddon, deputy chief executive of Action for Children, said: "Christmas should be the most exciting time of the year but instead children and young people are desperately struggling to get through this crisis, with parents wishing away the pressure of the festive season.
"Every day our frontline workers are helping parents keep their heads above water as some face the prospect of eviction or selling belongings to cover the cost of Christmas, while vulnerable children who should be enjoying a safe and happy childhood are suffering nightmares, panic attacks, or being scared of issues like death and illness."
People are encouraged to donate to Action for Children's Secret Santa campaign to help support vulnerable children by texting CHILD to 70607 or visiting iamsanta.org.uk.
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