AN unemployed couple with seven children who launched a GoFundMe appeal for Christmas presents are facing being reported social services.
Ryan Rodgers, aged 26, and Jenny Grimes, aged 25, from Liverpool, say they struggle on £480 a month benefits after their Universal Credit payment was slashed.
The claim to rely on food banks and charities to feed their children, all under seven years old.
Ryan, who many people accuse of being a heavy drinker, says has now beaten the booze.
But Ms Grimes’s mum Shelly Grattan claimed that Mr Rodgers would spend the money on alcohol and cigarettes.
On the GoFundMe page, Ms Grimes wrote: “We are a young couple with seven children trying to get back on our feet after becoming homeless having to start all over again from fresh.
“We have been benefit capped to the bare minimum and we are really struggling to get by.
“Our situation is being much more a struggle with Christmas being only a few weeks away.
“We feel really ashamed to have to do this as we’ve never had to do anything like this before.
“I hate to have to do this and it’s took a lot for me to actually do it, but there is only so much we can do as a family.
“Any help at all is very much appreciated, even if you could point me in the direction of getting some help. Thank you.”
The couple have apparantly raised £3,400 so far!
The family-of-nine live in a three-bedroom home, which costs £675 a month.
Mr Rodgers is reported as saying: “With Christmas, there’s so much we need but can’t provide for the kids as a family. It’s got to the stage where we’ve got to do something about it. Food banks only go so far. It’s a real struggle.”
But Ms Grattan is reported as saying? “No one should give him any money as he has a drink problem and that’s where it will all go. He will spend it all on booze. Anyone who has donated to the GoFundMe page should ask for their money back. He is conning the public with a sob story that is not true.”
Ms Grimes has defended her partner saying: “Our own family is commenting and telling people that Ryan is an alcoholic, he used to have a problem with drink but he’s not drunk for ages.
“We are good parents who are on benefits, receiving the most minimal amount of money from the government, we can’t survive on just this.
“We’ve had lots of nasty texts, emails and phone calls, I believe a relative is actually giving out my number for people to text us abuse because we don’t get on.
“People are telling us that they’re reporting us to the CPS and social services.”