Supporting Leia through lockdown with Mustard Tree

Posted: 19/07/2021

Throughout lockdown many families relied on support from foodbanks and charities as they faced financial hardship.

Our partnership with Greater Manchester charity Mustard Tree helped them to support Salford residents with access to low-cost food, clothing and furniture.

ForHousing tenant Leia Partington who lives in Little Hulton was referred to Mustard tree after enduring a heart-breaking couple of years.

The 43-year-old had already lost her son to a tragic a car accident, before a number of friends died during the pandemic.

Leia, who uses a wheelchair because of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, was experiencing financial hardship and struggling to budget.

Together Mustard Tree and ForHousing were able to work with Leia to access a range of services. She is now being supported for her mental health and is getting her finances back on track.

“I don’t know where I’d be without Mustard Tree,” she said. “Without the food, the clothes, the furniture, I’d be on the floor.

“When my son died I didn’t even want to get out of bed. I only got up to feed the cat each day. I needed support around me to get me back on track.

“I’m living on benefits so I don’t have much money and the pandemic meant I couldn’t go anywhere – so being able to get food parcels and other help delivered to my door was amazing.

“You’ve got to be strong willed and strong minded and now I’m getting myself back on track with a positive mental attitude.”

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