52 Lives

#127 A family from Kent

Request: Donations / hotel room

This week, we want to provide some urgent help to a family in crisis.

19 year old Lucy from Kent collapsed while she was in London just before Christmas. Her uncle had to resuscitate her while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. They still aren't sure what caused her to collapse, but they know that she then had a heart attack. They had to operate immediately to try to relieve swelling in her brain, and she has been in a coma ever since.

For the past month her parents, Ricky and Cherie, and her sister Daisy, have been travelling between Kent and London so they can be by her side as often as they possibly can. They make the journey by train and return home the same day as they can’t afford hotels . It’s a £59 round trip each time and sadly they are only able to go down 2-3 times a week at the moment as that's all they can afford. They want to be with their daughter, but financially it is just too much for them. Ricky suffers from heart problems, so he isn’t able to work at the moment and receives a disability allowance, and Cherie cares for him.

This whole tragic event has been heartbreaking for them - before she collapsed, their daughter was studying law, and loved to swim and do karate. But now, they are preparing for the worst.

This family shouldn't be having to worry about money at a time like this. And they should be able to see their daughter as often as they like. With your help, we want to make sure they can.

What We Need

1. Donations: So we can cover their train fares and hotel. to make a donation, please click the button below. 100% of your donation will go towards helping Lucy's family. 

2. Hotel room: If anyone has any contacts at London hotels who may be able to help by donating a room for the family every now and then, please let us know by completing the form below. Lucy is in a hospital in central London.

3. Messages: To send a kind message to the family, please email admin@52-lives.org or post to: 52 Lives - Life 127, PO Box 329, Hampton, TW12 9DF


What We Did

We raised an incredible £2,528.08 for the family. It enabled them to travel more often to see their daughter, and also covered some of their food bills. Just as the donations ran out, Lucy was moved to a hospital closer to home so the timing was perfect. Thanks so much for everyone for helping to make this family's life a little bit easier. Your kindness has made such a difference to them.