52 Lives

#144 Olivia

Request: Gift cards / Donations / Messages

This week we’d like to help 15 year old Olivia and her little sister Mollie, who is 10.

Mollie was born 3 months premature and spent 4 month in ICU. She was diagnosed with Ring 18 Syndrome –a rare genetic disorder, and her parents were told she probably wouldn’t live to see her first birthday. Ten years on, Mollie continues to defy expectations, but she is severely disabled and is now having palliative care at home.

Olivia was just 4 years old when Mollie was born, and has put herself last ever since. Olivia helps look after her sister from the moment she gets home from school. She has never been able to do any after school clubs, has never had a birthday party, and she has spent most Christmases in hospitals or hospices. She worries a lot about Mollie so apart from school, she rarely leaves the house, in case something happens to Mollie and she’s not there to say goodbye.

Lizzie (Olivia and Mollie’s mum) said: “Olivia is an amazing sister to Mollie but she’s missed out on so much and I just feel I've let her down. She's never been able to do any of the normal things that children do. I still remember her, at just 6 years of age, guiding the ambulance in for her sister – that was normal for her. Her whole life has been about her sister and I would love for her to have a treat that's just for her.”

During the past 18 months, Olivia and Mollie have also lost both their grandparents to cancer. Olivia was incredibly close to her nan and even helped to look after her during her final months. She is an amazing young girl who has experienced far too much sadness and loss for someone her age. With your help, we would love to do something kind for Olivia and Mollie.

What We Need

1. Donations: Olivia loves the seaside - her mum said her dream is to just to sit by the water and eat donuts. So we would love to pay for a little trip for them. Any money raised above what they need will be used to buy gift vouchers or other treats for Olivia and Mollie. To make a donation, please click the link below.

2. Gift vouchers: Olivia loves the cinema but rarely goes. She also loves shopping, but isn't often able to buy things for herself. So gift cards for the cinema or for her local shopping centre would be wonderful. To buy a gift card, please click the link below. Gift cards can be posted to: 52 Lives (Life 144), PO Box 329, Hampton, TW12 9DF or emailed to admin@52-lives.org (if they need a name at check-out please use Jaime Thurston and email address admin@52-lives.org)

3. Messages: Olivia has so much on her shoulders, and some words of support would make a big difference to her. To send a message, please email: admin@52-lives.org or post to 52 Lives (Life 144), PO Box 329, Hampton, TW12 9DF.


What We Did

With the amazing support from our 52 Lives community, Olivia received almost £1000 in donations, and some lovely gifts from A Present Affair and Sponsor a Sibling. She was able to buy some new clothes, have her hair and make up done, plus go to the cinema a few times with her friends. She also received a big box of cards and messages from the children of Middleton Community Primary School in Derbyshire after they'd taken part in one of our School Kindness Workshops.