52 Lives

#205 Briana

Request: Donations / Gifts / New Home Cards

(A little warning.....I know some of our supporters share our stories with their children. This week’s story contains information which may not be suitable for sharing with young people).

This week, we’d like to help a young woman who has suffered serious abuse from the people she trusted most.

When Briana was a child, she was abused by her brother for several years but was too scared to tell anyone in her family what was happening. For years she felt traumatised, and began self harming. In her late teens, Briana started to date a man who was much older – he was someone she trusted. But this man raped and abused her.

In her early twenties, after Briana’s mental health had already hit rock bottom, she was assaulted again – this time by another family member.

Briana attempted suicide and was hospitalised for a long period of time – she spent a lot of this time on 24 hour watch because of fears she would try to harm herself again. Her mental health had reached the point where she was just desperate to stop remembering what had happened to her.

Briana is now doing better. She has just started living independently, she is hoping to go to college, and she is getting the mental health support she needs. But the flat she was given is in a very poor state, and she only has the most basic of furnishings. She also gets quite lonely. She does some voluntary work, but doesn’t see many people day to day.

This young woman has experienced so much violence and abuse from the people who were supposed to love her. With your help, we want to show her all the love and kindness we possibly can. 

What We Need

1. Donations: Briana is planning to start college soon and has been trying to save for a laptop, but on such a limited income it's a very slow process. We'd love to be able to buy it for her. Any donations we receive above what is needed for the laptop will be used to help her in other ways. To make a donation, please click the Donate button below. 100% of what you give will be used to help Briana.

2. Household goods from her wishlist: We asked Briana to create a wishlist with some of the essential items she needs for her flat - as well as a few extra things to make it feel like home. We've also added some gift cards which she can put towards some of the bigger items she needs. To buy something from the wishlist, please click the 'Buy a Gift' link below. (If you are unsure how to buy from an Amazon wishlist, we have produced this handy guide).

3. New Home cards: Moving into your first flat should be an exciting time, and we want to help Briana to feel that too. We'd love to fill her flat with 'New Home' cards. Cards can be posted to: 52 Lives (Life # 205), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT, UK. If you'd prefer to email a message, please write your message in the form below. We will pass them all along to her (your contact details will not be passed on). 

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