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I started this site a little over a year ago, and in that time I've been pleased to share information and guidance to British TV lovers of all walks of life – everyone from frequent UK travelers to people who have only dreamed of being so lucky. During that time, I've gotten a lot of messages and emails from people telling me how much it's enhanced their lives to find new and better ways to watch British television. I've heard from quite a few people who cite it as one of their greatest comforts during a difficult time – people who watch it during downtime as a caregiver, who watch it on a tablet during dialysis, or who watch it for company in the evenings after the loss of a spouse. Some of the people who contact me are going through chemo, or find themselves bedridden and in need of entertainment. Others just appreciate spending a few hours in a more genteel world after dealing with all the angry people walking around in this trying political time.
What's most distressing to us is when we get a message that says something like, “Unfortunately, I'm going to have to cancel my Acorn membership because I can't afford it anymore.”
We applaud those who prioritize things like food and paying the bills over television, but we also know that when things really, really suck, a little escapism can really help take your mind off things and help recharge your batteries. That's why we're starting a trial effort to help out struggling British TV lovers by covering a couple months of subscription fees.
How Can I Be Considered?
If you'd like to be considered, send an email to stefanie (at ) iheartbritishtv (dot) com and let us know a little more about your situation – just be sure to put the symbols in where I've used parentheses. One note – you must be located in the US or Canada.
I have no idea what the response will be like, but it's quite possible we won't be able to help everyone. If we feel people are abusing the program and making phony requests, it may be discontinued – so please only make a request if you actually need the assistance. Don't let that scare you off from asking if things are genuinely tough, though. All requests will be kept confidential.
How Can I Help?
At this time, we're not taking any donations to this effort. It will be solely funded from the proceeds of the ads you see here (which aren't making anybody rich, but this isn't my full-time vocation). If we get a flood of sincere requests, I may consider changing this in the future to allow others to help – but for now, this is just a trial to see what kind of need is out there and help as we can.