Father who started a crowdfunding appeal to help pay for Christmas presents for his children has sparked a huge online debate.
Ben Buckley, 32, launched the appeal after revealing that he and his wife were struggling to find the money for presents.
“I understand that this isn’t anything compared to others problems on hear [sic] and I feel awfull [sic] having to ask for this help,” he started his appeal.
The dad-of-five went on to say that his low paid job in a warehouse “doing between 45 to 60 hours a week” is normally just enough to get by, shares Yahoo Lifestyle.
But after his wife, Kirsty, fell pregnant with their new baby Jessica, he had to take time off to look after her during a difficult pregnancy.
“I’m now in a huge panic about Christmas and have no clue how we are going to provide our kids with a Christmas at all,” he wrote.
“This should be a happy time for us all but under the surface of it all for me and my partner it’s nothing but anxiety and worry about what’s to come and what we are to tell the kids,” he continued.
People appeared divided over the dad’s decision to fundraise for gifts.
Many could understand the family’s predicament and left messages of support on social media.
“Hard working families should be supported. Austerity cuts kills and zero-hour contracts are shameful,” one supporter wrote.
“Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for reminding us that we should all care for each other,” another added.
But others criticised the dad for setting up the page.
“I think this is disgusting. Get your kids what you can afford not ask general public for help. Disgraceful,” one user wrote.
Having met and exceeded their goal, the dad thanked all those who had donated.
“To everybody who posted negative comments we are sorry if we caused any offence or upset anyone, this was never our intention,” he wrote.
“We never expected this amount of kindness or media attention. In the new year we are going to make it one of our priorities to make monthly donations to other go fund me accounts. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and thank you again to all you kind hearted souls xx”
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