Broke father-of-five uses GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy Christmas presents for his children
The 32-year-old father from Hull started the campaign after his 35-year-old wife Kirsty suffered from complications when she was pregnant with their fifth child
A father of five children in the UK has started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise £2,000 to buy Christmas presents for his children. Ben Buckley set up a page on the popular crowdfunding site and is "begging and pleading" for help from kindhearted strangers to "give his children a happy Christmas". The 32-year-old father from Hull started the campaign after his 35-year-old wife Kirsty suffered from complications while she was pregnant with their fifth child.
This forced the father to reduce the number of work hours he had at his warehouse job and subsequently not make the extra cash for any presents.
Buckley said in the description of the campaign that he "feels ashamed and awful' but is asking for donations towards his £2,000 total because he "doesn't want his children to be miserable at this time of year", the Daily Mail reported.
Kirsty fell ill when she was pregnant with their fifth child earlier this year and was admitted to the hospital a few times because of a lung infection. Buckley reduced the number of work hours he had so he could look after his family. Even though he said in the description that the money will cover the rent and bills, he is "panicking" because he will not be able to afford presents for the children.
He said: "My partner fell pregnant earlier this year and it was quite complicated. We had ups and downs over the last few months. My contract at work was only 24 hours per week but I did overtime up to 45 hours to make it up. I ended up suffering for a few months when I didn't get my full wage. We don't have a big family network. My mum and dad only make enough to fund themselves so they couldn't help, so I didn't know where to turn and what to do. We just need a bit of help. I'm struggling and panicking."
He added in the description of the GoFundMe page: "I understand that this isn't anything compared to others problems and I feel awful having to ask for this help."
Buckley said that he and Kirsty were told by doctors that the baby may have been born with Down Syndrome. Even though the child was born earlier in November without the condition, the parents have said that they are still very anxious.
Buckley added: "Because of all this I had to take a fair amount of time off work in the last month thinking I was going to be supported by my workplace and I didn't worry too much about money. But it turns out my main boss had a problem with it and I'm not going to be getting paid like I expected to be. This should be a happy time for us all but under the surface of it all for me and my partner it's nothing but anxiety and worry about what's to come and what we are to tell the kids and many other things."