"I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February, had surgery soon after and I’ve had multiple rounds of chemo.
"I’ve been off work for months, using credit cards to make ends meet. My sick pay ended, and I couldn’t even cover my priority bills. The fear that we’d lose our family home just when we needed it most was too much.
"I was struggling, it was like a dark cloud. I was fighting back the tears. I wanted to give up.
"Ben helped me apply for additional benefits, put food in the fridge and covered a month’s rent and utility bills. When everything else around me was falling apart, I can’t tell you how much of a relief that was.
"Cancer is not being kind to me, and it’s taking a toll on my family too. Ben sent us away on a short break to the coast so we could spend some precious time together, and make great memories.
"I hope to be able to repay the kindness because that’s the sort of person I am. I will never forget what you’ve done for us."
You can also watch Clive's story below...
Mental health support
We asked our team how they personally look after their mental health and wellbeing. From meditation and visualisation to volunteering, yoga and playing piano, our team chooses to de-stress from the pressures of life in a variety of ways!
Poor mental health can make earning and managing money harder. And worrying about money can affect how you look after your mental health. Check out our tips to help you start a conversation about money today.
Stress happens when we have too much pressure. Use these top tips to feel more in control
Breathing deeply can reduce your stress and anxiety levels. When you breathe deeply you improve your heart rate, reduce the stress on your body and even lower your blood pressure
Looking after our wellbeing is good for us now, and can also help us manage difficult times in the future
Our mental health, like our physical health, varies all the time. Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future
SilverCloud is a digital mental health and wellbeing platform which can help you to better manage your mental health and wellbeing. It’s free for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry.
Real life stories
Matthew lost his mum at 6 years old and then suffered emotional and physical abuse from his dad’s new wife
Dan found himself struggling when he discovered his daughter had an eating disorder
Rob has spina bifida and sometimes had to ask friends to help him get out of bed as he couldn't afford the electric bed he needed.
Derek was in a motorbike accident that left him disabled and he couldn’t afford to buy the electric wheelchair he needed
Laura was suffering with her mental health and was also struggling to pay the mortgage and feed her family
Jane couldn’t afford a new oven when she lost her job so lived on microwave meals and jacket potatoes for nearly 2 years
Mike was struggling after losing his father-in-law, his uncle’s cancer diagnosis, and starting a busy new job
Winston felt alone after finding out he had Leukaemia. When his boiler broke, he was left for 9 months without heating
Derren discovered he had prostate cancer. He's raising awareness that early detection has good outcomes
Clare hit rock bottom when her grandad died. She was struggling to cope with her grief and suffering with anxiety