I’m a mom of seven and our bank account was frozen days before Christmas after my partner died from Covid
A heartbroken mom of seven, who just lost her husband to Covid, saw her bank account frozen days before Christmas.
Martin Mulcahy died on December 5, hospitalized since mid-November after contracting coronavirus, as the family faces the end of the year holidays with stress and heartache.
Her family faces the unimaginable as Christmas approaches as their bank accounts are now frozen, leaving the family with no income.
Tracy, his companion for more than 20 years, takes care of her seven children, aged 9 to 25, including 3 autistic with additional needs.
Martin, who is from Camp Hill in Nuneaton, will have his funeral on Thursday, December 23, just two days before Christmas.
Since his death, Martin’s bank account has been frozen, leaving the family without the income they need.
Once the death has been notified to the bank, the account will be blocked.
Banks must legally freeze the accounts of deceased people when they receive notice of their death, to prevent funds from illegally leaving the account.
Although it is illegal to withdraw money from a bank account belonging to a deceased person, banks will allow the release of funds to pay for funeral expenses.
The executor who manages the estate may request a probate to release the accounts of the next of kin, however, this process could take weeks.
Tracy’s sister, Debbie Lea, said the family was devastated and stressed as Christmas approached.
She said: “The funeral will be just two days before Christmas Day and the family is, as you would expect, absolutely devastated.”
Debbie and the family started a GoFundMe page which was created to help Tracy buy gifts for her children and support them during the grieving time.
Debbie said it was designed to help give them “the Christmas they deserve”.
She said: âMy goal is to try to lighten some of the burden and raise enough funds to help buy presents for each of the children and allow them to have a Christmas they so deserve.
“These are really such tragic circumstances. I just want to be able to put a smile on the faces of these children this Christmas.”
The original GoFundMe page target was Â£ 500, but has since grown to over Â£ 3,000.
âAny donations, whether large or small, would be greatly appreciated,â added Debbie.
She also provided an update after one of the children went missing last week.
She wrote: âAs many of you already know, the 16 year old who went missing Tuesday night and early in the morning is a member of this family.
âShe is a vulnerable child who finds it hard to come to terms with the loss of her father. Luckily, she was found safe and sound several miles away a few hours later.
âAll praise goes to the police, friends and family who have joined in the search.
âFinally, I want to thank all of the lovely people in Nuneaton (and beyond) who have already donated to this noble cause.
âYou have truly exceeded our expectations and we cannot thank you enough! “
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