help this family keep their home
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help this family keep their home

    1. Cathy Relf
    2. Petition by

      Cathy Relf

      Brighton, United Kingdom

In the past two years, this family has lost their husband and father, Alan (pictured with his wife Maree), to cancer and been cheated out of a large sum of money by his former business partner.

Alan's widow and children have been advised that pursuing the former business partner for the money would be lengthy, expensive and possibly unsuccessful.

They have put all of the family savings, and Alan's life insurance, towards the debt. All that is left is the family home. If that is sold to pay off the debt, his widow will be left with no money for rent or a new property, and will have to draw benefits.

The family does not dispute that HSBC has a legal right to demand that the house is sold and the debt paid.

However, were HSBC to show some compassion, by writing off or reducing the debt, this would let the family grieve in peace, without having to sell their home. It would also be a good, kind and generous act.

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In a recent letter to HSBC, Jenny's mum said, “I have lost a dear and loving husband of 39 years, our two children have lost their wonderful father. I have had to accept that I will never be as happy as I once was, and that I will not have the life with him I thought I would have. But I have to try and build some kind of life. I am not able to attempt this as this matter hangs over me at all times. I do not sleep well and have spent months trying to resolve  this matter while grieving for my husband. I have paid over all the funds I have and do know how to  carry on anymore, my life is very bleak and I desperately need some help from someone.”

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Thursday 12 July

      Cathy Relf
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Nearly at 300, woo!

      Here's a little round up of what's been happening this week:

      - The family are in contact with MP Nick Gibb, or at least his assistant
      - The Mayor's secretary replied saying she has passed the matter on to the mayor, but thinks the MP will be more helpful
      - Several members of the public have sent messages of advice and suggestions, including that we should approach the tabloids, contact Paul Lewis and gather signatures outside the Bognor branch of HSBC
      - Two people who bank with HSBC have offered to write to the bank in protest
      - One person has also offered to write to MP Nick Gibb

      To do
      - I've tweeted Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney), but the more the merrier
      - Would anyone be interested in organising a group to petition outside the Bognor branch of HSBC? (I can't, as I'm working Mon-Sat at the moment) If so, let me know and I'll put you in touch with the chap who suggested it
      - Approach the tabloids
      - Write to HSBC - again, the more the better.

      xx

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Tues 3rd July

      Cathy Relf
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Wow, 63 signatures so far, great! I thought I'd give you a little update, and also use this space as a place for my "to-do, doing, done" list.

      If you'd like to do or help with any of these things, or suggest other ideas, please do! I'm cathyrelf@hotmail.com if you want me for any reason.

      This week:
      - John Millist has offered to help with publicity
      - I contacted two Bognor councillors and the MP Nick Gibb
      - Councillor Evans was very supportive but said the MP was the real target
      - I contacted Which? directly and through Twitter, but no response yet
      - I contacted several cancer charities. Macmillan responded saying they'd "pass the message on" - not sure what that means.

      On the to-do list:
      - contact MP Nick Gibb again (I'll try to do this Weds)
      - contact the Bognor mayor (thanks Nik for the idea)
      - contact the Bognor observer
      - find the email addresses of PR staff at HSBC

    5. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • PAMELA CLARE-JOYCE WELSHPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      tHERE IS LITTLE COMPASSION IN BUSINESS, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THERE OUGHT NOT TO BE. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE OF HEART IN THIS WORLD. LET'S START NOW

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    • Hiya There UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      This woman has lost her husband, she needs resolution to carry on her life. She needs help. Please help her.

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    • Butt Crack Ass hole LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Hey , i just met youy , and this is madness so heres my foot. THIS IS SPARTA

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    • Daniel Carver LAKEWOOD, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN

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    • Rosie Unsworth FOLKESTONE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a customer of HSBC Premier. I would appreciate if HSBC made an exceptional and helped people like this family.

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