52 Lives

#188 Naomi

Request: Baby things / Gift vouchers / Donations

This week, we’d like to help change the life of a mother and her newborn baby girl.

Naomi recently left her husband after years of abuse. He was emotional and physically abusive to both her and her 3 older children – at one point he attempted to strangled her, leaving her with bruising around her neck for weeks. When Naomi decided to leave, she was heavily pregnant. She became homeless, had to leave her job, county, had no money and no family to turn to.

The police and social services are involved and Naomi now has accommodation for her and her 4 children. Her beautiful baby girl was born safe and healthy 3 weeks ago.

The house Naomi is living in is freezing cold and has no curtains and no flooring. She also has very little for her baby.

With your help, we would love to do something kind for her. 

What We Need

1. Donations: Towards carpet and curtains. Anything we raise above what is needed for carpet and curtains will be used to help Naomi in other ways. To make a donation, please click the link below.

2. Things for her baby: We have set up an Amazon wishlist and filled it with some things she needs for her baby. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to Naomi. (If you are unsure how to buy from an Amazon wishlist, we have produced this handy guide!)

3. e-Gift Voucher for Mothercare: So Naomi can buy other things she needs as her baby grows up. To buy an e-gift card, please click the link below (we chose e-gift vouchers rather than paper ones to save on postage costs). Please send your gift voucher to Naomi at admin@52-lives.org . 

4. A kind message: We would love to send Naomi some kind messages. Messages can be emailed to us by writing them in the form below (we will pass your message along, but not your contact details) or they can be posted to 52 Lives (Life # 188), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. Thank you so much - you never know how much difference a few kind words can make.


Buy a gift from Amazon

Buy a Mothercare e-gift voucher

What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised more than £1400 to buy Naomi carpet, curtains and furnishings for her flat. Some lovely supporters also sent her £215 in Mothercare gift cards (Naomi, Anne and Joelle, Sharon, Andrea, Paula, Sally, Rebecca, Catherine and Sophie) and every single item was bought from the Amazon wishlist we set up for her, so she now has clothing for her baby, toys, a playmat, changing bag, a baby monitor, a car seat, bedding and a baby carrier. The wonderful people at Snüz donated a Snuzpod bedside crib and bedding, and The Little Green Sheep donated some beautiful baby clothes.

We also received some lovely donated items from Jodie, Sam, Emma and Siobhan, as well as so many kind messages of support.

Thank you to everyone who bought items, send a gift card, made a donation or sent a message for Naomi. Your kindness has meant so much to her, and helped her to feel like she isn’t alone anymore.

Please thank everyone for all their kindness and support... I’m overwhelmed and speechless as well as a little emotional (in a good way). You have all restored my faith in that there are actually some amazing people out there. Thank you all so much, you have no idea how much this means to me :) xxx