Broke dad who made GoFundMe to buy Christmas gifts faces backlash

Broke dad who made GoFundMe to buy Christmas gifts faces backlash

Dad-of-five launches £2,000 GoFundMe appeal to pay for his familys Christmas

Ben Buckley says he is embarrassed and ashamed – but he has raised £1,735 in just three days after begging and pleading for help

A father-of-five who launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £2,000 for Christmas has smashed his target in just a few hours.

Ben Buckley set up a GoFundMe page begging and pleading for help to give his children a happy Christmas.

The 32-year-old from Hull started the campaign after his wife Kirsty, 35, suffered complications while pregnant with their fifth child, forcing him to reduce his hours at his warehouse job and lose money.

Mr Buckley asked for donations because he doesnt want his children to be miserable at this time of year – and raised more than £2,000 in a matter of hours.

Mr Buckley is raising money so that his five children (pictured together with newborn Jessica) can enjoy Christmas 

Mr Buckleys wife fell pregnant earlier this year but was admitted to hospital on several occasions with a lung infection.

He reduced his working hours to care for his family, and while he says his wages will cover the rent and bills, he is panicking about how he will afford gifts for his 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 didnt get my full wage.

We dont have a big family network. My mum and dad only make enough to fund themselves so they couldnt help, so I didnt know where to turn and what to do.

Mr Buckley started his campaign on November 16 and had raised some £85 on Monday morning. By the afternoon he was up to £2,015.

The 32-year-old from Hull started the fundraising campaign (pictured) after his wife Kirsty, 35, suffered complications while pregnant with their fifth child, forcing him to reduce his hours and lose money

Mr Buckley says he feels ashamed and awful but is asking for donations towards his £2,000 total because he doesnt want his children to be miserable at this time of year

On his GoFundMe page he adds: I understand that this isnt anything compared to others problems on hear and I feel awfull having to ask for this help.[sic]

While she was born earlier this month without the condition, the parents say they are still riddled with anxiety ahead of the festive season. 

Mr Buckley adds: Because of all this I had to take a fair amount of time off work in the last months thinking I was going to be supported by my work place I didnt worry to much about money.[sic]

But it turns out my main boss had a problem with it and Im 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 mee and my partner its nothing but anxiety and worry about whats to come and what we are to tell the kids and many other things.[sic]

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