I have no doubt whatsoever that my Go Fund Me will receive negative comments, after all, I’m not as bad off as some people may be, but I think the thing to remember is that I’m not forcing anyone to donate. It’s a last resort, asking people to help me. If I could do it myself, I most certainly would.
So why a fresh start in Sweden?
As I mentioned in my other post, my friend lives there, so I’d have a place to stay right away. I am unable to rent a house here because I can’t afford a deposit, and who knows how long an application for housing benefit would take. I simply do not have that money available. I wouldn’t be in a caravan in the middle of nowhere, and I wouldn’t be alone if I moved to Sweden. So already, a couple of benefits.
I have 7 years experience in the design sector, both graphic and web design, as well as design for print. I ran my own business, and built it up using merely Social Media and a blog. I’d very much like to get back into that line of work, but there are no jobs here, let alone design jobs. Perhaps I could move to London, but instead of being in the middle of nowhere, I’d just be in a big, awful city that I hate, and nothing would have improved. Looking at the job market in Stockholm, I have much more chance of getting a job in this area than I do here.
A change is as good as a rest. Simple. It’s a completely fresh start. I can be who I want to be. I can rebuild my life from the bottom up. It’s something to look forward to and to focus on. I can work on getting myself better.
It may seem like an arbitrary amount, but a lot of thought has gone into it.
Firstly, I have 2 cats, that both will need passports. I’m looking at around £200 each for all this. They need blood tests, injections, flea & worm treatment, plus their paperwork before I can even consider taking them abroad, then of course there’s getting them there. I do not live in a catchment area for reduced vets fees.
I need my own plane ticket. These I have seen up to £455.90, although I am sure I can get one for a hell of a lot less as Norwegian regularly have cheap flight promotions.
I’ll need money to feed myself, for travel (after all, I will be searching for a job), and to contribute towards rent until I find a job.
Maybe I’ve gone with the higher figures, but I’d hate to get half way and then for things to fall to pieces because I can’t feed myself.
Why do I deserve your donation?
I am no more or less deserving than anyone else with a crowdfunding campaign running. I just like to believe that there are still good people out there that will help other people. There is far too much hatred in the world and I am really beginning to despair at the state of the human race.
What about when I get a job?
Any money raised over my target will go immediately to the mental health charity Sane. The same goes for money left over when I find a job.
For instance, if I were to raise £3500, £500 will go straight to Sane.
If I found a job within a few weeks of my moving, any money left over from the fundraiser will go to the charity.
i.e. If I had £1500 left from the fundraising when starting a new job, every single penny will go to Sane.
Sane is a charity helping people suffering from a range of mental health issues. They provide support as well as providing information for both sufferers and carers of those with mental health issues.
Their Textcare service has been a lifeline for me this past few months. Knowing that there is support out there makes a world of difference, and the work they do is so important to a huge amount of people from all walks of life.
Through their various services, including a forum, I have been able to slowly start my journey to getting better after being so low I seriously considered ending my life.
Their services are vital.
Please, before judging me on this campaign, take a moment to think about what I am asking you – I am asking for you to only consider donating. I’d love it if you did, but even if you just share my campaign, I would be very grateful. I am, however, not forcing anyone to do anything, so please try to keep any negativity to yourself.
I will continue to blog about my experiences, maybe one day my blog will be seen as important in raising awareness of what people with mental health issues go through on a daily basis.
I’d love to be able to make a difference, and I’m still trying to figure out how I can make that happen, so if you have any ideas…!
If you can offer any services which may help me achieve my goal; cheaper travel, contribute towards vets fees, can help me with work when I move to Stockholm etc, then please do get in touch. I’d love to be able to donate a substantial sum towards a charity that do so much to help people like me.
Please help share my campaign, and I’d love it if you could donate.