You know, I\’m less than convinced by this:
For eight months last year Danielle got by without a fridge, putting milk and her son\’s medication (which is meant to be refrigerated) out on the windowsill of her flat. In the summer the doctor refused to prescribe any more of the growth hormone her son needed daily when he realised that it was not being stored correctly. He told her she had to get a fridge.
\”It mattered a lot because he needs injections every day,\” she said.
A single mother with a three-year-old and an eight-year-old, she was unable to save the money needed to buy a fridge. It was only in the autumn, when her support worker referred her to a local charity supported by Save the Children, that she was given one, and the treatment was able to resume.
When Save the Children announced last year that it was starting an appeal to raise money for poor families in the UK, there was surprise, and disapproval from some quarters, that a charity best known for its work with victims of war and famine in troubled parts of the world should be turning its attention to problems at home.
Danielle is in Westminster. Where do you go to get a cheap/free fridge these days? Freecycle, that\’s where.
Small Fridgedaire fridge – only a couple of years old. Very clean. We are on Victoria Square, near Victoria Station.
Agreed, there isn\’t one there on that particular Westminster board each and every day. But we\’re a rich enough society that you can, within a month or so, scrounge basic household equipment and furniture off that and similar places.
This isn\’t a problem of poverty in the income sense. It\’s a problem of poverty in the information or hustle sense. OK, so you don\’t have the internet: but the library does.
Maybe someone else will also be looking for that fridge: but the English are the English after all and \”I need a fridge for my son\’s medicine\” will put you at the head of the queue for that fridge.
So I\’m sorry but I just do not believe these stories. With an ounce of gumption you can (in a very basic manner it\’s true, and not immediately but over weeks to a couple of months) furnish a house in the UK for nothing but the goodwill of your neighbours. It just isn\’t money that\’s the problem.
Indeed, I\’d happily make a bet on this. Plonk me down in any urban location in the UK in a bare flat. Within a month I\’d have it furnished for no cash outlay at all. Now well, not perfectly, but functionally.