A DAD is asking for help to support his five children this Christmas so he can buy them presents.
Ben Buckley, 32, west of Hull, said he was afraid he would not have enough money to treat his family during the celebration period after having to reduce his working hours at work when his wife was sick during a "complicated" pregnancy.
He was hospitalized on several occasions with a lung infection – which meant he had to go oxygen while waiting ..
To support his family, he reduced his working hours.
However, thus, leaving himself "struggling and panicking" about how he would fund gifts and Christmas needs for his children, including his two-week-old baby girl.
Mr Buckley said he felt "a lot of panic and anxiety", and "felt ashamed" of his appeal, but claimed he had no choice if he wanted to give his family the Christmas they would remember.
"He ended up in hospital two or three times with lung infections so I had to take time off to help. His breathing worked and had to undergo oxygen for four consecutive days.
"My contract at work is only 24 hours per week but I do overtime for up to 45 hours to make it up. I finally suffered for several months when I did not get a full salary.
"We don't have a large family network. My mother and father were just enough to support themselves so they could not help, so I did not know where to turn and what to do.
"We only need a little help. I struggled and panicked. "
While her partner is pregnant, there is also concern that Mr Buckley's daughter can suffer from Down Syndrome, causing more concern among families.
Concern was not realized and their newborn baby girl was born two weeks ago.
But when one concern stops, the next is not far away.
"This should be a happy time for all of us, but beneath the surface it was all for me and my partner, there was nothing but anxiety and worry about what was to come and what we told the children and many other things, "he said. .
"I feel very panicked and anxious and feel shy. It feels embarrassing but I have never felt like doing crowdfunding before.
"I've never done it before. That's what I thought would make everything comfortable.
"At that time, what I will convey can still survive. I don't like feeling to be a charity case. I don't like feeling like I'm begging. "
The Ben & # 39; s Go Fund Me page can be seen here.