52 Lives

#195 Harvey

Request: Donations for locks / a tablet / messages

This week, we’d like to help a 25 year old man called Harvey from west London, who is in need of help. 

Harvey, who has a learning disability, arrived in the UK when he was 12 years old from Uganda under very difficult circumstances and was put into the care system and stayed there for his entire childhood.

He was nominated by one of his support workers, who told me he is very trusting and incredibly selfless and kind. He has very little money and sometimes goes days without eating, yet still gives things away to people he feels are more in need. He often buys a sandwich for a homeless person with his last £2 as in his own words “my treasures are not what I have but what I can give and how I can help people.”

Harvey lives on his own in a small, run-down flat with very poor security. The lock is flimsy, and there are only thin, see-through curtains on his window, which faces onto an alley so anyone walking past can see in. He was recently burgled and a tablet which he received as a present was stolen (the only thing of value that he has). The lock on the door is so bad that all they had to do was push hard on the door to get in. So he is still at risk of being burgled again.

Harvey needs to replace his locks, but can’t afford to do it. With your help, we would like to do something to help him.

What We Need

1. Donations....so we can replace Harvey's locks for him and buy him some proper curtains. Any funds we raise above what is needed for the lock and curtains will be used to help Harvey in other ways. To make a donation, please click the link below. If you would prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to 52 Lives, send it to the PO Box address outlined below and include a note to let us know it's for Harvey. 100% of what you give will be used to help Harvey. 

2. A tablet...We have set up an Amazon wishlist with gift cards so we can replace Harvey's stolen tablet. If you would like to buy a gift card, please click on the 'Help buy the tablet' link below to be taken to Amazon. (If you are unsure how to buy from an Amazon wishlist, we have produced this handy guide!)

3. Messages...We'd love to send Harvey some kind messages, to let him know what an amazing, special person we think he is. To send a message by email, please write it in the form below and we will pass it along to Harvey (your contact details will not be passed on). If you'd like to post a message, please send it to: 52 Lives (Life # 195), PO Box, 3154. Reading, RG1 9AT.

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