LADBABY Mum has donated her entire grocery shop to a food bank after breaking down in tears remembering when she struggled to feed her family.
Roxanne Hoyle, who has gained internet fame with her partner Mark Hoyle and kids, Phoenix and Kobe, revealed she previously had a food budget of just £20 a week.
In a moving clip on YouTube, Roxanne broke down in tears after recalling a time when she was once 70p short at the supermarket after she fell pregnant.
The mum wrote in an Instagram post yesterday on Mother’s Day how she wanted to help others struggling now that she is more comfortable.
She wrote: “I read messages from you every single day and I won’t stop talking about food banks or using my channel to try and make a difference.
“I’m donating a food shop this week to my local food bank.
“If anyone else can spare anything at all, maybe some baby milk, nappies or women’s hygiene products, it really can go a long way to someone in need.
“None of us know when someone close to us might be in a situation where they need support so let’s do what we can to be there for each other.”
She added: “I’m dedicating my Mother’s Day post to all the mums out there in the struggle.
“Those who have to travel to food banks every week just to put food on the table, those who have to budget every single penny they earn just to feed their kids, those who work long and tiring hours to make ends meet, those who are our nations heros and healthcare professionals, and those who just have to get themselves out of bed every single day without a break, love or the appreciation they deserve… this is for ALL of you!”
The family are now known up and down the country after securing three Christmas number ones in a row with their hilarious sausage-roll themed songs, but a few years ago it was a very different story.
She previously admitted: “I always will go back to a point in our lives when me and Mark had to go on a budget.
“Me and Mark decided to become parents and we went down to single parent income.
“There was a budget every week after all the bills and everything that life costs and we had £20 per week to buy food.
“This particular day we went to the supermarket and we had £20, we had the nappies, we had shower gel, pasta, just the basic things you need. I remember getting to the checkout.”
Roxanne, from Nottinghamshire, held back tears as she explained her heart sank when the cashier rang up her groceries – and she was 70p short.
She continued: “The lady put it all through and she was like, ‘that’s £20.70’.
“I was just like, ‘oh my God’. It was sheer panic. I had £20 exactly.”
Roxanne confirmed she began to put items back, when a kind stranger came to her aid.
The mum-of-two gushed: “There was this guy and he said, ‘are you ok?’ He literally went here you go and gave me a quid.
“You want to give your kids everything and at the time I just wanted to hug him.”
Roxanne said she’s never forgotten that man’s actions, as she urged people not to judge struggling parents.
She added: “I will never forget the person at the back. I come and put the nappies and baby wipes back. I was like we will have to go without.
“I will never forget how that felt as a mum. I never want anyone to be sitting at that dinner table saying, they’re eating, but they have nothing in front of them.
“People can judge but I don’t want people to feel embarrassed by that.”
Last Christmas, the parents released another Christmas single, called ‘Don’t Stop Me Eating’, a parody of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, and were crowned Christmas number one for the third year in a row.
HOW TO FIND YOUR NEAREST FOOD BANK
The Trussell Trust has an online search tool where you can pop in your postcode to track down your nearest food bank.
The Trussell Trust website says: “As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in the UK, our main priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to a food bank – whether it’s someone needing help, someone volunteering their time, or someone making a donation.”
Contact your nearest food bank to get a referral from an agency who will then supply you with a voucher.
Shoppers who wish to donate to their local food bank can find their nearest one, to see which items they’re likely to need.
You can also contact your closest food bank if you’re able to volunteer.
In 2018 they clinched the top spot with We Built This City, and in 2019 they were top of the chart with I Love Sausage Rolls.
Proceeds from all their music goes towards raising funds for the food bank charity the Trussell Trust.
The parents are only the third act in chart history to land consecutive Christmas number ones, after The Beatles and The Spice Girls.
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Here is how to donate to a food bank and where to find one nearby.