Susie's House

A Community project Hove, United Kingdom

Susie's House

I would like to attract the attention of 50,000 people to raise £500,000.00 to be able to buy a home for me to live out my life.

 I would like to attract the attention of 50,000 people to be able to buy a home for me to live out my life.

£500,000.00 may sound like a lot of money, but I currently live in Hove, East Sussex and to say the property prices are high would be an understatement. This is a place where Garages are sold for £60,000.00. Yes, I could move but I have a very strong links and have lived here since I was three months old. In many ways I have been out priced out of the place I have always lived in and whilst I am open to the idea of moving away, I would like to stay if possible.

I am not after a country mansion, a modest house would be fine and the property I currently rent, a three-bedroom terrace house worth roughly £450,000. Anything raised above the purchase price would cover legal fees and I would keep some back to go towards future upkeep and maintaining the property. The rest would go to charity.

My idea is for people to pledge a donation of £10.00 and this is my story:

I grew up with very inspirational parents and liken my upbringing to Uncle Tom’s Cabin - full of adventure in an innocent colourful way; my parents were very colourful people who backed me to live my life.

My main work was in recruitment from the late 70s through to the early 90s. I bought my own home; I enjoyed my work, had a good social life and became very well travelled.  With having very liberal parents I was always encouraged to be my own person and was given the opportunity to establish my own recruitment agency - which I did. Little did I know that this was going to be the start of my brother’s jealousy to destroy everything I tried to do even when I was to get married?  

I married when I was in my middle thirties and had two boys Sonny and Huddie. Sadly, Huddie was not long for this world and died at 30 days old which was just awful. Words cannot explain the sheer sadness and desperation as my life became very isolated. My husband shut down and friends did not know what to say or do.

Subsequently my marriage broke down and after two years Sonny and I moved from the matrimonial home as I needed to rescue us. My solicitor advised me to stay in the home but it was horrid we were destroying one another in our own grief it must have been awful for Sonny to live through this at such a young age.

I divorced at the wrong time financially, as I did not wish to ruin my husband financially. There was not much equity in the house and it would have proved pointless.  Looking back I can see that I did make a mistake but was not emotionally strong enough to think things through.

My son, Sonny, and I moved eight times and Sonny attended eight different Primary Schools before our life became settled. In this time we became homeless twice and even had a go at living in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to get away from my brother. We stayed for a few months and decided to come home and returned to live in Brighton where I was able to live my life without my brother’s involvement.  Our life settled down and that was partially due to me having therapy.  With being an older mum it was hard to develop a career being the main parent and in the end I decided to concentrate on being a mum. I always worked part-time and did have a go at establishing a website retailing a handmade 1950s dress but due to a major operation I was unable to sew for six months, and the website interest vanished. 

On reaching sixty last year, I realised that my hopes to have my own home would remain a dream. I would not get a mortgage now, even if I had an income to maintain the repayments. 

Put quite simply, crowdfunding is an excellent platform to reach people to achieve having a home of ones own. I would love the opportunity of not having to rent for the rest of my days and the stress and insecurity that can sometimes go with it. My son currently lives with me and and I rent out my spare bedroom to foreign language students.

All I want is for everyone reading this to consider my plight and pledge £10.00. I plan to live in the house for the rest of my days and will bequeath it to my son.

Thank you so much for reading and for considering my situation.