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A teenager who was made redundant has been forced to find a way to pay for his monthly rent after his mum died just three days after Christmas.
Kyle Laird, 17, has been given little time to grieve for Tracy, who died as a result of a blood clot on her lung and had previously suffered from stage four throat cancer.
He now needs to find a job that will cover the £445 monthly rent, as well as bills, council tax and have enough left over to support himself.
Not only that, but Kyle has to do all that by April or he'll be kicked out of the property.
While the teenager tries to juggle that mountain of a mission, his uncle, Pete, has launched a fundraising page to help get him on his feet. In less than three weeks, people have more than doubled the target set and have collectively pledged £6,715.
Pete says he's 'astounded' by the outpouring of support, writing: "I cannot thank you good people enough for your kind words, support offered regarding work and for donating to help Kyle.
"I spoke to Kyle earlier and he said, 'Uncle Peter I am amazed that people want to help me', I told him that there are a lot of good, decent people out there.
"For the first time since Tracy passed away I heard him laugh whilst on the phone to him. Thank you all for everything that you have done to give the wee man some hope."
He adds that a driving school has reached out to Pete and Kyle, offering to teach the lad how to drive so that it can broaden his hopes for a job.
Kyle has spoken to the Daily Record about how difficult the past three weeks have been, saying: "My mum and I were very close and spent a lot of time together; she was my best pal.
"I could tell her anything and she was a very trusting and understanding person.
"She was wonderful and waking up in the morning and knowing she's not around anymore is really hard."
Uncle Pete says he's working to see whether he can get Kyle on some form of benefits, which he's currently not entitled to because he's not yet 18. But he's also pleading with any employer that is looking for a motivated young bloke to reach out as a job will greatly benefit Kyle.
"He is not a lazy teenager, he wants to work but we need to give him a leg up I think," says Pete.
If you know anyone who can help him out, contact Pete's GoFundMe page.
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