Firstly: if you are reading this, I thank you sincerely for your time.
Due to a mental health crisis, I found myself homeless for three years. After incredible help from local community based mental health services, I am now living in a bedsit - a safe space which I am extraordinarily grateful for. I am currently on Jobseekers Allowance, and I am, without cessation, searching for employment, of any kind.
However, after paying my amenities, and my (luckily) small weekly contribution towards my rent, I am left with £11.00 per week for food, toiletries, etc.
I am in no way suggesting that things should be easy whilst on government benefits, and believe me when I say I am fully aware of the stigma, which is fueling my ambitions to get back into full time employment and be part of the world again - and I'm almost there! There's just one hurdle: I honestly don't have the money to buy formal wear for job interviews.
I have attended two interviews so far in clothing that I am woefully ashamed of, and bungled both these interviews due to the shame of my presentation.
I am so close. I understand my status and position in society, and I am doing everything to change it. I do not drink, or smoke, and I purchase only the cheapest of everything (God Bless LIDL)!
In that spirit, I am hoping I can obtain:
One pair of black shoes, Shoe Zone, for £9.99
One pair of trousers, Primark, for £5.00
One long black coat, Primark, for £23.00
You can go to @mckenziehihopes on Twitter to see the items.
Many, many thanks.