Mum doesn't know how she'll survive cost of living crisis after husband died

A widowed mum does not know how she is going to keep her child warm and fed after losing her husband’s income.

Luke Henaughan, 34, died suddenly on September 25, leaving behind wife Claire, 33, and their eight-year-old daughter Abbigale.

The small family relied on Luke’s job as a carer bringing in £700 a month to cover their mortgage and bills.

Claire now has to find the money to stay afloat amid a skyrocketing cost of living crisis.

She said: ‘With the cost of living crisis I just don’t know how I’m going to manage. I’m so scared.

‘Rising costs would have been bad anyhow, but now we’re going from relatively stable to completely struggling.

‘Somehow, I now have to keep this house warm and everyone fed and looked after, and with no warning. I just can’t see how I’m going to do it.

‘We hadn’t saved for a funeral, so somehow I have to find the money for that as well.’

Luke’s death was a complete surprise, with his cause of death not yet known.

He was on a course of antibiotics for a mild chest infection the week before he died, but seemed fine otherwise.

Claire, from Cannock, Staffordshire, was on a weekend away when Luke started feeling particularly ill at around 5.30am the Sunday before last.

He called a family member and they phoned an ambulance. Paramedics gave Luke CPR when they arrived, but he died within 45 minutes.

Claire, who met Luke at the age of 15 and married him in 2009, has been left devastated by the loss.

She said: ‘None of us expect to get that phone call – but don’t take anything for granted.

‘Make sure you would be able to carry on financially without your partner because your worst nightmares can come true.

‘Abbigale should still have her dad, and Luke and I should be able to grow old and grey together. Luke was my rock.’

Claire wants her experience to serve as a warning to others, so they can make sure they are not left in the same financial situation as her.

She added: ‘Never think you are too young to have a disaster – tragedy can happen at any age.

‘So, pick up the phone and get life insurance. Do all the things you want to do, don’t put it off. Don’t believe you have tomorrow because you might not.’

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