52 Lives

#167 Lynn and her son

Request: Messages / A weekend break / Gift cards for Groceries / Donations

This week, 52 Lives would like to help a family from the North of England grieving for the recent loss of two children.

Lynn is a single mum living with one teenage son - her older children are living away from home now.

Last year, Lynn’s 33 year old son was tragically killed in a car accident. It was devastating for the whole family. Lynn’s 16 year old son struggled to cope with the loss of his big brother, and he tragically committed suicide earlier this year, just after the anniversary of his brother’s death.

Lynn has had so much loss in her life. Many years ago, she also lost her baby son, who died as an infant at just 8 months old. She is suffering with depression and anxiety. She hasn’t been able to work, so is also struggling financially. Her teenage son in particular is finding it hard to come to terms with all that has happened, so she is also concerned for his well-being.

They are a family in despair, but with your help we would like to do something kind for them. Obviously there is nothing we can do to change the horrific things that have happened, but we hope that a little bit of kindness will help let them know that there are so many people out there who are thinking of them and who care about them. 


1. Gift cards for groceries – We would like to help cover the family’s grocery bill for a few months. To donate a gift card for groceries please either make a donation below (we will use donations to purchase gift cards for food, and to help cover some living expenses) or click on the link to buy a Tesco gift card. Gift cards can be emailed to admin@52-lives.org or posted to 52 Lives (Life # 167), PO Box 3154, Reading RG1 9AT.

2. Messages of support – This family is in desperate need of kindness. To send a kind message to Lynn or her children, please write your message in the form below. All messages will be passed on to the family (your email address will not be passed on) or you can post a message to 52 Lives (Life #167), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

3. A weekend break / holiday - We would love to be able to send the family on a little break away somewhere - something they would never normally be able to do themselves. If you can help, please let us know by filling in the form below. 




What We Did

We raised more than £1100 in donations and gift cards. This means we will be helping to cover the Lynn's bills for a little while, and also buying some gifts for her son. 

As well as financial help, our supporters gave this family some much-needed emotional support, at time that they need it the most. We received so many beautiful messages and emails, which have all been passed onto the family.

We also received many generous offers of holidays to give them a break away from everything. After a lot of thinking, they have decided it's not the right time at the moment, but thank you so much to everyone who offered to help. A little note form Lynn below...