A Scottish mother facing soaring energy bills due to the cost of supporting her daughter’s life has received a £17,000 donation from Kate Winslet.
Freya, arolynne Hunter’s 12-year-old daughter, the youngest of four children, has serious complex health problems and disabilities, is unable to speak and is blind and requires full-time oxygen, and nursing care at home.
Ms Hunter, 49, from Tillicouasant, Scotland, launched a GoFundMe fundraiser earlier this week to help her pay for the soaring operating costs of equipment that keeps Freya alive, including an oxygen monitor. and her heartbeat.
Just days after the campaign, with a target of £20,000, a donation of £17,000 marking “Kate Winslet and family” was paid to the fundraiser – which has been confirmed as a donation from the actress. Titanic and Mare Of Easttown.
Ms Hunter told the BBC: “Our journey as a family has been traumatic and I feel fulfilled at this point in my life.
“When I heard about the money, I just burst into tears – I thought it wasn’t even real.
“I’m still thinking is this real?”
Winslet’s upcoming Channel 4 movie, I Am Ruth, is due out later this year and she plays Ruth, the mother of a character named Freya – played by Winslet’s daughter, 22-year-old Mia Threapleton , role play.
Winslet co-wrote the film – which examines the mental health crisis affecting young people in the UK – along with Dominic Savage, creator of the independent TV series I Am.
On her GoFundMe page, Ms Hunter said she has “no way to reduce” the energy in her home due to Freya’s needs and that she faces a predicted annual fuel bill of £17,000 by January 2023 – up from more than £9,000 in October this year. .
In August, Ms Hunter told the PA news agency of her fear for the winter, stating: “Our families will suffer, there will be a mass crisis for the NHS and social care services and children die if their families can’t pay.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/kate-winslet-gives-17000-to-help-pay-life-support-fuel-costs-of-12-year-old-girl-42138948.html Kate Winslet donates £17,000 to help pay for 12-year-old girl’s life-supporting fuel costs