TOUGH TIMES: Sebastian and Kiara have been living with their grandparents since their mother died, but it is stretching the family’s finances. Money boxes will be distributed in Grafton for people who would like to help. Photo: Contributed
TOUGH TIMES: Sebastian and Kiara have been living with their grandparents since their mother died, but it is stretching the family’s finances. Money boxes will be distributed in Grafton for people who would like to help. Photo: Contributed

Caring for Sheree’s kids

BEFORE Grafton mother Sheree Holmes tragically passed away she was known as a true community woman.

She volunteered at Camellia Cottage and made her photography skills available for everyone's special occasion.

Now Sheree's pensioner parents are hoping the community can help them as they raise their grandchildren Kiara and Sebastian.

Noel and Gloria Holmes took Kiara and Sebastian into their two-bedroom house, which now has five residents, when Sheree died on December 16 last year and they are struggling to make their Centrelink allowance stretch far enough.

Noel and Gloria sleep in one room, their son who cares for them is in another, and the children are in a bunk bed in the lounge room.

The family cannot move into a bigger house because they cannot afford it.

"It's hard finding the money they need," Mrs Holmes said.

"After the funeral there was no money in the bank. We don't want any money for ourselves; it's all for the kids."

Mrs Holmes said fees for school camp and netball, along with increased electricity and other bills, were starting to become more than their Centrelink allowance could cover.

"Sheree used to take them out on weekends. We can't for two reasons," Mrs Holmes said.

"One because we can't afford it, and secondly because we physically can't."

One of Sheree's friends, Carol Ordish, will distribute money boxes with a photo of Kiara and Sebastian around Grafton in the hope of raising money to help the family cope. To help out Kiara and Sebastian phone Mrs Ordish on 0402904255.



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