Kate Winslet said the story of a woman facing a £17,000 electric bill just to keep her daughter alive has “completely ruined” her, and the Oscar-winning star felt she had no choice but to help.
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.
The Titanic star, 47, told BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg that she felt she had to do something when she heard Miss Hunter “will have to put her baby in care because she can’t afford the bills. electricity” and it was “completely destroyed”. ” she.
“I thought, on what planet would someone let that happen? This is completely, completely wrong,” she told the broadcaster.
“I was wrong that this woman would have to suffer and she should have been forced in every way as a mother to make such a heartbreaking decision because she simply did not have support and inability to pay debts. receipt.
“I can’t let that happen.”
Ms Hunter, 49, from Tillicoultry in Scotland, launched a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help her pay for the skyrocketing operating costs of the equipment that keeps Freya alive, including an oxygen monitor and her heartbeat.
The actress has donated £17,000 to the site, which has been marked as ‘Kate Winslet and family’.
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 in January. 2023 – up from more than £9,000 in October this year. five.
In August, Ms. Hunter told the PA news agency about her fear of winter.
“Our families will suffer, there will be a mass crisis for the NHS and social care and children will die if their families cannot afford it,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/kate-winslet-says-17k-energy-bill-for-disabled-girls-needs-completely-wrong-42193968.html Kate Winslet says £17k energy bill for disabled girl’s needs is ‘totally wrong’