Re your dn - your sisters best friend might count as privately fostering him if he's still 16. Contact your local authority as there might be access to funding that way. She should be able to get cb and maybe tax credits as he is in full time education. You need to do this because if it counts as private fostering after 13 weeks iirc he will count as a care leaver and be able to access more funds post 18 and for his own uni etc
You need to write to the boarding school's headteacher. There's likely to be some sort of hardship fund. Also - think about any bodies like Freemasons, Round Table, Oddfellows, the Soldiers' Sailors' and Airforce Families' Association - could there be any conceivable source of help there (poss the teenagers' Dad could be the link).
The niece at university is LIKELY to come in for some extra help I think. There's a publication called the Directory of Grantmaking something-or-others. Poke about in the internet and you should find it. I'm quite sure your nephew and niece will both be eligible for financial help from one body or another - you just need to do a bit of sleuthing.
Good luck. It's very tough on the poor kids, and on you, of course.
I hope someone might be able to help. Sadly my dear sister died on Monday and left two teenage children behind. Unfortunately she was in huge debt and renting so there will be no money for them. My niece is in her first year of uni and my nephew is in his first year of A-levels at a boarding school and I'm wondering if there is anyone that would know if there is any financial help for them/any specific benefits etc? My sister's best friend is going to take them in so they have a place to stay when they are not at school/uni.
Would appreciate any help that anyone can point me towards...