Family No.7……Melanie’s Story

Melanie Knights will be featured in The Sunday Times this weekend. Mel is 40, lives in Newcastle and is married with three children plus a wonderful spaniel dog called Oscar.

Melanie lost her job as a midwife in 2014 due to prolonged absence from work, primarily caused by arthritis.

The Seven Families campaign is a charity led project to provide a tax-free income for one year to seven people who lost their income following a life changing illness and/or disability. Our families have all featured  in consumer and social media with the objective of sharing their experiences to aid educate UK working age consumers on the financial impacts of health events and the benefits of improved financial resilience - You can view our families video diaries and updates at