NHS Nurse asks Strangers for Donations

NHS Nurse asks Strangers for Donations

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Original Poster:

10,277 posts

177 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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No, not that sort.

NHS nurse so poor she can't support daughter, 10, asks strangers for donations

article said:
Sarah said her take home pay a month is £2,000 before she forks out £670 for rent, around £600 for childcare and £579 for travel.

She went on: "My basic outgoings (rent, travel to work and childcare) are equal to my monthly wages.






Is there more than meets the eye with this?

Where is the father of the child? Or at least, his contribution to her welfare.

steveo3002

6,811 posts

121 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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600 on travel ...move a bit closer

Funky Squirrel

163 posts

19 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Many people have to make do with less income each month.

PositronicRay

16,821 posts

130 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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steveo3002 said:
600 on travel ...move a bit closer
Depends where she works.

dodgyviper

1,160 posts

185 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Hmmmm,

No mention of Benefits (UC). Surely a single mum would get some sort of assistance.
No mention of having to go to foodbanks - as onerous as that is, I would expect her to have mentioned that.
No mention of grandparents or the father.

Too much not included in the article.

Also, £579 on transport?

pequod

661 posts

85 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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I'm sure this comment will be shot down but, back in the last century there were people called a 'husband' although towards the end of the C20th they became 'partners'. The normal procedure when embarking on lifes' great adventure was for a lass to acquire one or the other and certainly not to start a family before the security of house and home was assured.

I don't know the circumstances of this nurse, and frankly can't be bothered to invest time finding out, but she is one of millions of young ladies who have the 'want it all and want it now' mentality that social norms back in the dark ages prevented, including the so-called shotgun weddings.

I shan't be donating!

C0ffin D0dger

3,273 posts

92 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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steveo3002 said:
600 on travel ...move a bit closer
Does seem a bit much but we don't know the circumstances. That would be my first thought though, get somewhere within walking distance.

Sad state of affairs though that a qualified professional would probably be better off on the dole - no rent, not travel expense, no childcare fees.

borcy

528 posts

3 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Maybe she commutes into London, I understand season tickets are very expensive.

S100HP

10,295 posts

114 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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£579 sounds suspiciously like a car finance amount to me, ie £279 for car, £300 for fuel/insurance/tax.

i4got

814 posts

25 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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borcy said:
Maybe she commutes into London, I understand season tickets are very expensive.
£430 ish monthly from Basingstoke to London. I can't imagine many people commute daily much further than that - particularly for a 30k job.

C0ffin D0dger

3,273 posts

92 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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From entering a few numbers on the tax website, so probably due some £400 a month or more in benefits on top of earnings.


boyse7en

3,918 posts

112 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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S100HP said:
£579 sounds suspiciously like a car finance amount to me, ie £279 for car, £300 for fuel/insurance/tax.
Or it could easily be the cost of a monthly rail ticket in to London and parking at the station.


I earn less than she does and have two kids and a mortgage to keep up and I wouldn't say I'm on the breadline by any measure.

I imagine childcare could be expensive because the nurses i know have to do night shifts as well as day shifts, so getting someone to stay with kids overnight could be tricky.

S100HP

10,295 posts

114 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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boyse7en said:
I earn less than she does and have two kids and a mortgage to keep up and I wouldn't say I'm on the breadline by any measure.
Likewise, but then I don't live in central London.

Eyersey1234

1,288 posts

26 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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I did wonder where the children's father is too.

1974nc

473 posts

109 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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So that’s circa 36k and can’t afford to live.
Not including as some posters have mentioned tax credits etc and possible child support...

deggles

175 posts

149 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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It’s almost as if being a cardiac nurse, a single parent, and living in London are not fundamentally compatible life choices.

Pick two.


ReallyReallyGood

1,082 posts

77 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Her twitter has become friends-only. Won't get many donations that way.

S100HP

10,295 posts

114 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Payslip is from 2013 too.

dodgyviper

1,160 posts

185 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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S100HP said:
Payslip is from 2013 too.
Think that's her start date - middle column lower down shows August 2019

numtumfutunch

3,347 posts

85 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Her travel costs are a lot more than the price of a monthly travelcard - most curious......

If this is factually straight then it kind of illustrates how the capital has become a bit stupid in terms of affordability.
Someone working in the financial sector - or a PH Director obvs - will have no difficulty but how do teachers, nurses, police, fire and ambulance crews manage? Let alone everybody else not making enough cash even for a st flat in Feltham.

The article suggests she may be a cardiac nurse at UCL which is prob pretty prestigious so I get why she wants to work there.
And the suggestion she go private isnt that clever, a bit more cash perhaps but variable hours and worse employment terms.

Still smells a little though

Cheers