Son launches Internet appeal to help Great Yarmouth parents hit by hard times

A couple in Chaucer Road are to lose their home
Picture; Liz Coates

A couple in Chaucer Road are to lose their home Picture; Liz Coates - Credit: Archant

A devoted son has turned to the internet to help his parents in their hour of need as they face eviction from their home.

Mike and Helen Jarvis, of Chaucer Road in Great Yarmouth have been notified by their bank that they must leave their home by May 30, after being unable to cover their mortgage arrears.

The family moved to the borough in 2005 from Bishop's Stortford, with Mr Jarvis in a then-secure job in recruitment, as the family's main bread-winner.

However, on more than one occasion since he found himself victim of circumstances, with employers going out of business and health problems leaving him jobless. His wife Helen remains in employment, but her earnings are not enough to make ends meet.

Now, son Michael-Israel Jarvis, 27, has appealed to the internet for help - setting up a Go Fund Me page to help support the family.

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He said: 'It has been a struggle for them for some time, so I wanted to do something to help. I had seen similar appeals online before - it seems depressingly common in America - so decided to set one up myself, having spoken to my dad about it.

'At first he was reluctant, but the situation has gotten so desperate for them and this was the only way I could help.'

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Mr Jarvis, 57, suffered a stroke a few years ago, and has lung problems and diabetes, which coupled with his age have made it increasingly tough to find work.

After losing his job in 2014, he applied for countless positions, with his only successful application coming in 2016 - only for the company he was working for to go out of business just four weeks into his tenure. He now says he feels 'unemployable'.

He said: 'When I first lost my job I thought I would be okay, but the longer it goes the more it chips away at your hope. It's hard to sum up in words.'

Mr Jarvis says it would take a 'miracle' for them to be able to hold onto their current home, but that any money raised would go a long way to helping them look for a new place to stay.

To date they have paid back more than half of the house's value, however on May 15 they were notified that their home was to be repossessed.

So far, the page has raised more than £1,590, which the family say will go towards the costs of finding a new home.

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