A STRUGGLING single mum has revealed how her life was modified after showing on Wealthy Home Poor Home.
Skye Walker, who lives in a council house in Bromley, was deeply moved when rich Belinda and Matthew Sethard-Wright supplied to assist her out.
In Channel 5’s Wealthy Home Poor Home Modified My Life, a yr after the unique present, Skye emotionally confirmed off treats that she has acquired since filming.
The well-off Sethard-Wrights felt moved to depart a motorcycle for Skye’s three children, daughters Ashani, 13, and Riahiema, 7, and two-year-old son Kareem, and a few home goods that the poor mum wasn’t capable of afford.
Skye gushed: “We got here house on the women have been like ‘have a look at our new bikes’. I do not usually get something from anybody, I all the time work onerous for issues.”
Skye, who additionally obtained a reminiscence foam mattress, and kitchen necessities resembling utensils, jars and baskets, mentioned: “Everytime I see my little issues within the kitchen I consider Belle.”
Belinda mentioned: “I simply thought these are the little issues that Skye most likely needs to get that she’s obtained to prioritise.”
Matthew mentioned: “We did not need them to come back again and assume ‘oh we felt sorry for you, this is stuff’, as a result of that’s removed from what we wish. It simply felt proper to do one thing.”
For per week, each households swapped lives, with Skye buying and selling her common weekly funds of £176.74 for the Sethard-Wrights’ obtainable spend of £1,599.
The Sethard-Wrights and their two youngsters, 12-year-old Olivia and Theo, seven, reside simply 5 miles away in a gated mansion with an indoor pool, a tennis courtroom, fitness center and even a disco room.
The expertise was eye-opening for each, with debt-ridden Skye being gob-smacked on the quantity of weekly cash she obtained to make use of, and Belinda moved by Skye’s hardworking life.
Since being on the present a yr in the past, the households have struck up a heartwarming friendship and even spent Boxing Day collectively.
Skye gushed: “I’ve obtained a brand new buddy, a brand new member of the family. My daughter has a brand new sister, finest cousin, no matter you wish to name it.”
Belinda hugged Skye as she mentioned: “I’ve made a buddy and it has been nice to have our youngsters be buddies.
“To see somebody accomplish that nicely on their very own, she simply deserves a medal.”
Skye was incomes £7 an hour as a cleaner when she filmed the present and now works as a carer for disabled children, and likewise has a brand new enterprise enterprise she has been impressed to begin.
Skye saved up for a printer so she will be able to design and make T-shirts to promote for additional money on the aspect.
And since showing on the present, Belinda mentioned she is eager to speculate and assist it take off.
Skye beamed as the rich mum mentioned: “I am very very impressed with it and I might prefer to put money into making it a enterprise for you and undoubtedly assist you to financially.”
For Skye, who struggles with debt each day, the lifeswap on the unique present was bitter-sweet.
She mentioned on the time: “Their weekly spend is greater than my automobile price and I’m nonetheless paying that off.
“I’ve one other two years to go to pay that off. It actually made me assume that I’m doing one thing fallacious.”
The foundations of the present dictate that the households can use the cash to purchase no matter they like within the week of the home swap, however it might’t be used to pay money owed or family payments.
“Confronted with all that cash, I simply needed to pay my payments,” mentioned Skye. “If it had been right down to me I might have paid off a number of the excellent payments however I wasn’t allowed to do this and that was the onerous bit about it.
“However I beloved having the great life with for week. It was like being on vacation with nothing to fret about.”
The selfless mum, who’s used to low cost shops and charity retailers, splashed out on some top of the range clothes for the youngsters.
Skye and her children have been surprised once they pulled up on the house.
She advised the Solar On-line: “Once I first noticed the home it was wonderful as a result of it’s simply across the nook from my home. I actually didn’t count on one thing like that to be so shut. It’s loopy. The gates and every part simply appeared a special type of world.
“The youngsters have been so glad. I’ve by no means seen their smiles so large in my life. They have been amazed by it.”
Skye admitted on the unique present that she typically struggled to place meals on the desk by the tip of the week however says ‘Wealthy’ mum Belinda made certain they have been nicely fed on the Orpington home.
She mentioned: “My oldest daughter obtained a jacket and a high, the center one obtained a T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms and my little man, Kareem, obtained a brand new jacket and a named model tracksuit. All of them obtained title model garments from JD Sports activities and different shops, so that they have been glad.”
She admitted that her monetary state of affairs was getting on high of her however, after seeing how the opposite half lives, she has now vowed to try for extra.
“I felt type of unhappy as a result of I went again to a standard Downham , the place my children can’t be children and be glad,” she mentioned.
“After seeing what it was like within the different home, the place my children have been free, operating up and down the backyard with the canine and having a lot enjoyable, I assumed ‘I’ve obtained to do one thing higher than this. I’ve obtained to repair it.’
The expertise was additionally eye-opening for Belinda, who discovered herself on acquainted territory – on a council property the place she lived as a toddler.
She mentioned: “The place Skye lives in Downham, I additionally lived from the age of two to 4 in an equivalent home so it didn’t really feel massively completely different.
“The principle distinction was that I used to be acutely aware I didn’t see as many youngsters out enjoying as I recall once I was little we have been all out and in of one another’s gardens.
She additionally discovered the home the place she was born and mentioned: “It seemed tiny. Humorous, 46 years and also you come full circle. I by no means thought I’d find yourself the place I’m right this moment.
“Once I contacted the present I mentioned ‘I don’t know if we’re the type of individuals you need as a result of we haven’t come from a privileged background in any respect.’
“Because it turned out we have been simply 5 miles away from Skye however dwelling in numerous worlds.”
Belinda and Matthew, who works within the Metropolis, each come from humble beginnings and met once they have been working at Barings.
Now a designer Belinda, 46, says she has by no means forgotten her humble beginnings.
She advised the Solar On-line: “I grew up in council homes and I lived in three completely different council estates, so I’m all the time batting on to my youngsters concerning the privilege of their way of life.
“I’ve large points with issues like garments mendacity round on the ground as a result of I by no means had the privilege of feeling so dismissive about issues in life and I assumed doing the present could be good for them.”
Wealthy Home, Poor Home Modified My Life aired tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm
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