A Chesham mother has thanked Citizens Advice following the organisation aiding her in not being evicted from her home.

Anna Whatmore approached the charity after receiving letters threatening to evict her and her two young children from their council home.

The 35-year-old mum said that she “didn’t know what to do” and after a court appearance for rent arrears she was left terrified she’d have no where to live.

She said: “I remember being so scared about talking to anyone and trying to get help.

“I was petrified that my children would be taken away from me.”

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Anna then spoke to Citizens Advice who called the Chiltern District Council on her behalf and set out an affordable payment plan.

The charity was also able to help Anna in other areas and the money advice specialists helped her with financial capability and budgeting to avoid the threat of homelessness again.

Anna added: “I do not know what I would have done without them. Having to deal with letters and court appearances all threatening that I would lose my home and me worrying that my kids would be taken away was one of the worse times of my life.

“I am truly grateful they were there for me when no one else was.”

Emma Burgham, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Chiltern, said: “Our purpose as a charity is to provide free, quality advice to everyone, so no one has to face their problems alone.

“We are pleased to have supported Anna so that she is able stay in her own home and plan for her family’s future.”

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For more information and advice if you’re in a similar situation visit www.chilterncab.org.uk or call 01494 545 991.