Single dad of six who can’t afford new shoes for kids worries he’s ‘failing as a father’

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A single dad has opened up about his struggles to make ends meet raising six children amid the cost of living crisis.

Gaz Kaye was left unable to buy school shoes for his son who was forced to wear trainers instead as costs rise.

He told how he has to think about every penny he spends which makes him feel like he is failing as a father.

Gaz has lots of mouths to feed with all his children under the age of 13, reports Grimsby Live.

But he has had to make changes to his lifestyle and works tirelessly to get by.

“There doesn’t seem to be one specific thing that is really hurting me. It’s just everything,” he said.

“Even just a loaf of bread has gone up. I don’t know how people can make it through the day.

“Everything adds up, but running the car is probably the thing that is the biggest issue.

“With a big family, I need a big car but a small engine. I’m not poor by any means in my mind but, with the way things are, I feel like I probably am right now. Surely it can’t stay like this?”

Gaz, who helps run a Warm Space for others unable to afford basic necessities, said even the price of a loaf of bread is rising more than he thought.

He said: “The last few weeks I’ve realised I’m maybe not as capable of doing what I did.

“I’m looking at my finances all the time and having to think about every penny I spend.

“When things started to go wrong, we made sure to book in for Christmas and do all the presents in June.

“It’s the only way we could have done it, but sadly some people will still have all that to sort.

“The model of how we live our lives has changed and, as a father of six, I’ve had to change a lot to make it work. That alone massively plays on my mind.”

Gaz, from Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, said he was spoken to by teachers who asked him to purchase his son’s shoes.

“As a single father, I’m not always able to do that straight away,” he explained.

“Things like this make me feel like I’m just failing as a father.

“It’s even come to the point where my child wanted some new trainers and rather than buy them new I had to buy them on Facebook Marketplace.”

Gaz’s biggest worry is how life will be for his children in the coming years.

He said: “Kids can’t seem to have anything these days, bar the basics, because of what life is costing.

“I know people who are selling laptops just to feed their children.

“It’s getting worse and worse the longer it goes on and if it’s this bad now, what will it be like in 10 years time for my children?

“It’s so frustrating that we can turn a light bulb on from the other side of the world or send people to space, but we can’t feed our kids.

“We’re in a system that isn’t working. A Cost of Living payment is great, but it just shouldn’t be a thing.

“Getting what are in effect hand outs makes people feel awful and it’s scary to wonder how long this might go on for.

“I can’t carry on like this, but there doesn’t seem to be any change in sight and that is really upsetting.”