A grieving teenager has launched a desperate appeal for a job as he faces losing is home after his mum died suddenly over the Christmas period.
Kyle Laird, 17, was heartbroken after his mum Tracy passed away three days after Christmas. Days before her death, Kyle, an only child from Glasgow, finished work as a seasonal employee and now needs to find a job to cover the £445 a month rent as of April otherwise he will face losing his family home.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Kyle said: “My mum and I were very close and spent a lot of time together; she was my best pal. ‘I could tell her anything and she was a very trusting and understanding person. She was wonderful and waking up in the morning and knowing she’s not around anymore is really hard.”
Kyle’s uncle, Pete, launched a JustGiving page following the death of Tracy. So far, £5,000 has been raised and will go towards paying some of the rent while he finds his feet. It was set to go towards driving lessons ‘to give him something to focus on’ but a local driving school later offered their services to the boy, stating they “want to help”.
Kyle added: ‘This is where I grew up and I don’t want to have to leave. Circumstances might mean I have to, but I’ve got a lot of precious memories here.’
Writing on the page, Pete said: ‘Tracy suddenly passed away on December 28. She leaves behind young Kyle who turned 17 in September, Tracy and Kyle were devoted to each other.
“When Tracy was dealing with the stage 4 throat cancer Kyle was always there for over four years providing aid to his mum. Kyle was working up until Christmas but the company paid him off and said that they would have him back at any time once work and orders picked up again.”
“He is not entitled to claim any benefits in the UK as he is under 18 years of age. I am working on that and checking the relevant legislation to see if he could be helped by the state.”
“Any offers of jobs for Kyle would be a great help. ‘All money raised will go to Kyle and be controlled by myself, we all know what 17-year-olds are like with money!”
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