Lisa’s Emergency Bereavement Fund
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Lisa’s Dad, Terry Egan died on the 9th April 2016. It falls upon Lisa to put Terry’s things in order, to arrange his funeral, sort out his possessions and get his house in a suitable condition for sale. There are debts and no savings to pay for these things until the house is sold, which is likely to take many months.
Lisa has osteogenesis imperfecta and a collection of chronic health problems which prevent her from working. Because of Lisa’s impairments and ill health, together with the fact she is dealing with this entirely on her own, staying in her father’s empty house two hours away from her own home, she faces a particularly mammoth and distressing task.
She needs money to pay for Terry’s funeral and to help put his house in order. The interior of the house is in a poor state with some damage to the walls caused by wheelchairs, hoists and an electric adjustable bed. There is a quantity of old disability equipment and household items which would not be worth any money, but which Lisa hopes will prove invaluable to those who can make use of them.
Lisa can’t reach high shelves or access the building’s loft, nor can she lift or carry heavy objects. At the moment, her ill health prevents her from driving, so the process of organising and clearing out the house is likely to prove very expensive, with Lisa needing to hire in people who can do perform these tasks. Although Lisa has many friends, we are geographically distant and almost all of us have either heavy work commitments or our own health problems which prevent us providing practical support.
Without financial help, Lisa will face taking on massive debts at the most difficult time of her life.
Lisa gives a lot in time and energy to her friends and community. She is a popular and passionate disability rights campaigner who blogs at Lisybabe’s Blog and Where’s the Benefit? A former stand-up comedian, she has been on the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List of the most influential LGBT people in the UK for three years running.