Teacher’s amazing act of kindness to help man so poor he can’t afford to eat
A schoolteacher has launched an appeal to buy a cooker for a man on Universal Credit who can’t afford to feed himself.
Mohammed Ali, from Manningham in Bradford, isn’t able to cook for himself and claimed that Universal Credit payments are simply not enough to buy food.
It means he often goes days without eating.
“I haven’t eaten for the last two days,” he said last week.
“I have run out of everything and have been drinking black tea. I don’t even like it, but I have to.”
Dozens of people have since been in touch to offer their support and a teacher at a local school in Bradford, Julia Richardson, has launched a GoFundMe page to buy Mohammed a cooker.
“I didn’t realise how dire the situation is or how much poverty there is in the community,” said Julia.
“I knew there were some families struggling to feed themselves and I know some children rely on free school meals, but I didn’t know it was to this extent. It’s heartbreaking.”
Manningham is the area of Yorkshire most heavily dependent on Universal Credit. One in six adults in the inner-city suburb are paid the social security payment.
However, it is simply not enough for many and the problem is exacerbated for Mohammed, who doesn’t even have a cooker in his one-bedroom bungalow.
He said: “It would be £300 – £400 and then people want to charge money to install it. £50, £60, £70.”
The GoFundMe page, which was set up on Tuesday morning, has a target of £500 to ensure Mohammed can easily cook himself hot meals.
“I just thought I needed to do something,” said Julia.
“I couldn’t believe that Mohammed doesn’t know where his next hot meal is going to come from. Someone that lives in our community shouldn’t be in this situation.
“I just want to help him out so that he can cook for himself.”