Family of mum with cancer left asking for cash on GoFundMe amid cost of living crisis


Camilla Wild, 31, from Bristol says that the cost of living crisis has left her family feeling like they are ‘begging’ for help after a shock cancer diagnosis has left her unable to work for a year

Camilla’s family are desperately raising £30,000 to help her get through the next year

A mum forced out of work after she was struck down with cancer says the cost of living crisis left her family feeling like they were having to ‘beg’ for help.

Camilla Wild, 31, was stunned when a blood test just before Christmas revealed she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

The mum of one nearly died as she developed septic shock over the festive period – but when she survived and came round, her first concern wasn’t her health, it was money.

As the higher salary earner between herself and partner, Ian Clark, and having used all their savings during maternity leave with one year old son, Joshua, she claims it would have been ‘months’ before they lost their house in Bristol.

In a desperate bid to help, her family have set up a GoFundMe to raise a year’s salary for her as doctors predict it will be 12 months before she has finished treatment.

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Camilla hasn’t seen her 15 month old son Josh since December as a result of her shock diagnosis



The mum says that all she is eligible for from the government is a ‘minimal’ weekly benefit



But the fundraising move has been tough to come to terms with, and left the hardworking couple feeling as though they are almost ‘begging’ for help from the public after the government failed them.

She said: “The first thing I was worried about when I came round was money.

“In our household I was the higher salary earner and so I’m just constantly worried about money because we have a mortgage to pay, childcare, rising energy bills and all the other bills associated with having a house and a young family.

“We are two hardworking people.

“But we are getting to the point where we are worrying this much about trying to keep a roof over our head.

“With this latest energy price cap increase, it’s just ridiculous that we are facing this in this day and age.

“It is constantly the second thing on my mind.”

Her partner Ian has been left feeling like they are almost having to ‘beg’ just to get through the next year



Camilla realized something was wrong when she had unexplained bruises and was left exhausted after just going up the stairs.

After a check up with her GP she was referred to Bristol Royal Infirmary in December for further tests and was admitted within hours as concerned doctors confirmed she had an aggressive form of blood cancer.

The mum of one is still in hospital and faces a grueling treatment schedule including another round of chemo and a bone marrow transplant – meaning it will be another year before she can even consider getting back to work.

Camilla is the operations director of her family-run software company, but the small business cannot afford to give her 12 months sick pay.

Camilla has been touched by all the kind donations but believes other people also affected by the cost of living crisis may not be so lucky



The young mum claims that after seeking advice with the Citizens Advice Bureau, she learned that all she is eligible for from the government is Personal Independence Pay (PIP).

But the ‘minimal’ benefit which amounts to less than £100 a week can allegedly take up to 10 months before it drops into the family’s bank account.

With Ian also now unable to work full time as he handles running the house and childcare, the increased cost of living would have crippled the family in just a month.

But they have been bowled over by the support of complete strangers and their loved ones, who have already raised £22,000 to help them get through the year.

However Camilla believes it should never have come to this, and said her financial worries were a direct result of Tory policy.

She said: “The fact that people we know and people we don’t have generously donated to help us is what has touched us the most.

“Even in these hard times when every penny counts, people are digging deep for us.

“There definitely needs to be more financial support there.

“It shouldn’t be down to just a charity or having to set up a GoFundMe.

“The hospital has been really good in terms of advice and help but obviously they can only work with what is available to them from the government.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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