In our last newsletter we told you about Billie, a claimant with severe mental health issues, who has launched a legal challenge against the recent changes to PIP which make it much harder for people with mental health conditions to get an award of the mobility component.
We also asked you to contribute to Billie’s crowdfunding appeal to cover her legal expenses.
And you came good in the most impressive way.
Billie was looking for £3,000 to cover initial legal costs. At the time the Benefits and Work newsletter went out Billie had received £750 in donations from supporters.
Within just hours the £3,000 target had been passed.
And dozens of positive comments have also been left for Billie, such as:
“Sorry it's such a small amount but I am struggling on benefits too. Very best wishes "Billie",
“I stand in awe of your courage and determination!” Paul
“Good luck, Billie. You are brave and you are right.” Yvonne
“don't give up , your fight is our fight x” Jane
“A very worthwhile cause. Both my wife and I are affected by this. Go Billie ... and Good Luck!” John
“Thank you, for having the courage to stand up and do this, because what you are doing is for all of us.” Hilary
Billie has been very touched and encouraged by the hundreds of donations and supportive comments. She told us today:
“I’m utterly overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and support.
“There have been many tough decisions in standing up to take this case to the High Court.
“The speed with which your readers pledged money and their comments made me realise just how many people are angry about these changes, and are behind me.
“I was literally crying with relief watching the pledges flood in from so many strangers.”
Billie has now been pledged almost £7,000 towards her ‘stretch’ target of £8,000.
The additional money will protect against the risk of paying the Government’s legal costs in the event she is ordered to do so.
It’s not too late to contribute to Billie’s fund at CrowdJustice.
We’ll keep you updated on Billie’s progress.