I joined a Bread Fund in September 2012. Just three days later, I had a stroke that left me with speech difficulties, stopping me from working as a freelance journalist and events producer.
As a freelancer I couldn’t get sick pay but my Bread Fund provided me with an income until I recovered sufficiently to start work again. I was a bit ashamed to apply so soon, but I was astonished at the support I got from everyone. Because of the fund, I could take the time I needed to fully recover.