My children attend a voluntary aided school. At times we have had to pay small amounts for books and various other things. What happens when we clearly cannot afford to pay? Our budget is so tight! In this case it is due to the costs of a year leaving party. I have sent a letter to the school to address this particular issue, and I know it will likely be subsidised by the school. But why does this make me feel so awful? Why must I constantly have to ask for help? Grinding poverty is relentless. It really is a struggle in all aspects of life, whichever way we can look at it. "