Funding a private education – would you sacrifice everything for your child? MAIL ON SUNDAY NEWSPAPER…
Parents Bonnie and Craig Morgan set up GoFundme account – so public can donate to raise money to pay for child’s private education.
They are selling their £185,000 Hastings home and renting rooms to students
Have cut grocery bill from £120 to just £50 a week
Claim son, nine, is too bright for a state school
As parents we all want the very best for our children – and many of us make sacrifices to ensure they are happy. But how much would you sacrifice for your child?
Bonnie Morgan contacted me at Featureworld because she and husband Craig are selling up – to fund their nine year old son through private school.
Bonnie,36 and Craig, 42, a taxi driver, have put their house on the market and even opened a GoFundMe account in a bid to raise enough cash to send their sons to private school.
They have already transferred Craig Junior, nine, also known as CJ from his ‘outstanding’ Ofsted state school after he was being bullied. Their son loves his private school – the small classes, the children there, the teachers and the top facilities.
And they also hope to send younger son Alfie, four.
But faced with crippling fees of £4K a term, they are now hoping the general public will donate fees of around £115,000 so their son can have the education he deserves.
Currently Bonnie, who is a stay at home mum, spends hours searching for online coupons and bargains to cut the weekly shopping bill.
She also takes in four paying students at their four-bed home in Hastings.
Bonnie’s husband works all hours to earn enough.
The family have no treats and no holidays or days out as everything goes on school fees. They have also run up debts on credit cards.
However, the family has now put their house on the market – and plan to move into rented accommodation so they can spend the capital on school bills.
Ironically the rent they will need to pay will be higher than their mortgage but they have no choice as they want what they believe is a premier education for their child.
They also face fees increasing when their eldest son goes to the senior school – fees then amount to over £5,000 a term.
Although they believe CJ stands a good chance of getting a scholarship, that would only be worth 20 per cent of the total bill. So selling up is the only way – and in the long term Bonnie, who recently graduated herself with a degree – hopes to return to full time work.
Their story – along with a link to their gofundme account – appeared in the Mail On Sunday.
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