Ryan Rodgers and Jenny Grimes (pictured) have set up the fund to feed their children
A ‘feckless’ father-of-seven so broke he has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to feed his young children is a jobless alcoholic who’ll fritter away the cash on cigarettes and alcohol, says his own mother-in-law.
Ryan Rodgers, 26, who boasts he’s a ‘full-time daddy’ of Facebook, has raised £3,8000 after moaning he and fiancee Jenny Grimes, 25, are using food banks to feed their children after having their benefits capped.
But Shelly Grattan, Jenny’s mother, says Mr Rodgers is bone idle and has never done a day’s work in his life.
Speaking to MailOnline Ms Grattan said: ‘Ryan is a feckless liar who is trying to con the public into giving him money which he will just pour down his throat.
‘No one should give him any money as he has a drink problem and that’s where it will all go. He will spend it all on booze.
‘Anyone who has donated to the GoFundMe page should ask for their money back. He is conning the public with a sob story that is not true.’
The couple say they have relied on food banks and charity handouts to feed their family of nine since their benefits were capped and they struggled to make ends meet
Rodgers (pictured with Ms Grimes) says he can’t get a job because all of his time is taken up looking after his seven children all aged between nine months and seven years old
Mr Rodgers and his partner appealed to the public for cash help saying they are relying on foodbanks and charity handouts to feed their children.
They blame a benefits cap for their problem and say before it was enforced in 2013 they used to receive £2,100 a month in financial support.
But with the limit in force they now only receive £699.50 a month in Universal Credit after their rent is deducted.
The couple said they were ‘ashamed’ to launch a public appeal for money, but say they have no other choice.
Ms Grimes’ family say they are speaking out to stop others from making further donations.
Shelly Grattan (left), 46, Ms Grimes’ mother, from Liverpool, blasted her future son-in-law Mr Rodgers (right) for failing to provide for his growing family and not using contraception
But Jenny’s mother Shelly Grattan says she’s worried that Mr Rodgers, an alcoholic, will spend all of the money on cigarettes and alcohol and none on her grandchildren (pictured)
Her sister Jo Jo Grimes describes Mr Rogers, the son of a police sergeant, as ‘feckless and workshy’.
‘He has not done an honest day’s work since he left school,’ she said.
‘He leaves the house at 10am in the morning and comes back late at night off his head on drink. He has a big drink problem and he also spends most of their benefit money on weed.
‘Jenny did leave him once about four years ago but they got back together. He is just bad news and the public should not fall for his sob story.’
Ms Grimes denied that her partner has ever taken drugs.
Ms Grimes’ mother is angry that her daughter (above) has spent the last seven years pregnant by Mr Rodgers and can’t afford it
Between them the couple’s children are aged between nine months and seven years old – Ellie, seven, six-year-old twins Kenzie and Kelsie, Laysie, four, Archie, two and their youngest twin boys – Tobie and Rylie.
Mr Rodgers and Ms Grimes met when she was already eight months pregnant with her first child, according to her mother.
They said she has had so many children because Mr Rodgers refuses to allow her to use contraception.
His mother-in-law, 46, went on: ‘I don’t think any of the children were planned.
‘Jenny was still at school when she met him and was pregnant by another man.
‘They moved in together and she has been pregnant almost all the time.’
‘She is just tied to the kitchen sink and none of us can work out why she wants so many children.
‘He and the family are always moving around the country and its to keep one step ahead of social services. He also owes money to drug dealers for his weed.
‘No one should fall for his sob story. It just is not true and I wish my daughter would leave him but she doesn’t because of the kids.’
On the fundraising page the couple wrote: ‘We are a young couple with seven children trying to get back on our feet after becoming homeless having to start all over again from fresh.
‘We have been benefit capped to the bare minimum and we are really struggling to get by.
Mr Rodgers, holding a bottle of beer (far left) with friends says he has been battling through alcoholism and his partner says they are ‘ashamed’ at having to ask for donations
‘Our situation is being much more a struggle with Christmas being only a few weeks away.
‘We feel really ashamed to have to do this as we’ve never had to do anything like this before,
‘I hate to have to do this and it’s took a lot for me to actually do it but there is only so much we can do as a family.
‘Any help at all is very much appreciated even if you could point me in the direction of getting some help. Thank you!’
Ms Grattan said claims that the couple had been made homeless only tells half the story.
‘They have been evicted for not paying the rent,’ she said. ‘That is why the rent is now taken out before they get their benefits.
‘Jenny had the deposit for another flat of £400 but she went out an spent it on presents.
‘They are just not being truthful and it’s all to make people feel sorry for them. It makes me so angry that people are giving them money when there are people who could be more deserving and who are sleeping on the streets.
‘They are conning people. Jenny does not even have a bank account so all the money is going to Ryan and he will just spend it on alcohol.
‘The last time they came to my place I had to ask him to leave as he was off his face. People should know that all the benefit money goes on drink.’
Ms Grimes hit back at her mother’s claims today when she insisted that her fiance had battled through his addiction to alcohol and said claims he took drugs were ‘ridiculous’.
She said: ‘Our own family is commenting and telling people that Ryan is an alcoholic, he used to have a problem with drink but he’s not drunk for ages.
‘People are also suggesting things about drugs which is ridiculous, I’ve not touched a drug in my life and I wouldn’t let anything like that anywhere near my kids.
‘I think drugs are disgusting. We are good parents who are on benefits, receiving the most minimal amount of money from the government, we can’t survive on just this.,’ she added.