52 Lives

#217 Patrick

Request: Donations / Amazon gift cards / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a 15 year old boy called Patrick, who has autism and recently lost his mum to suicide.

Patrick has autism and ADHD. For a long time, he was the only one aware of his mum's mental illness. He used to try to keep her company and make her laugh. After she died, Patrick moved in with his brother, his brother’s partner and his 1 year old niece. It was a big adjustment- both for Patrick and for his brother’s family. They are a young couple but didn’t hesitate to take full responsibility for Patrick, even though they already have a lot on their plate. Patrick’s brother is doing an apprenticeship during the day and also works nightshift. His partner works part-time, while also looking after their baby. His social worker said they are absolutely amazing and are doing everything they can to support Patrick, financially and emotionally. 

But although Patrick’s immediate needs are being met, his brother is worried that there are things Patrick would really benefit that he doesn't have.

Patrick requires a lot of sensory therapy. He has a fascination with water and can sometimes have up to 4 baths or showers a day. They would love to take him to hydrotherapy sessions, but it’s expensive.

Patrick also experiences heightened levels of stress, and there are certain things that can really help him to feel calmer – trampolining is one of those things. He absolutely loves going to the trampoline park, but the closest one is quite a long way so they can only manage to take him once or twice a month.

With your help, we would like to make sure Patrick can do the things he loves anytime he likes.

What We Need

1. Donations: Donations will be used to buy Patrick a trampoline...anything we raised above what is needed, will be used to help in other ways. 100% of what you give will go to helping him. To make a donation, please click the link below.

2. Gift Cards: We have set up an Amazon wishlist filled with gift cards. The gift cards will be used to buy Patrick a hot tub and accessories. Any additional gift cards will be used to help him in other ways. To buy a gift card, please click on the link below. It will be sent directly to Patrick and his family.

3. Messages for the whole family: To send a message of support to this amazing family, please write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be passed along), or you can post a message to 52 Lives, PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised £1000 a bought Patrick his very own hot tub and a trampoline for the garden, so he can be in water or bounce anytime he likes!

We also managed to send Patrick on the trip of his dreams...to Disneyland Paris. Thank you so much to everyone who helped. And thank you Gala Bingo for their incredible fundraising.
You have all made such big difference to Patrick's life.

“Patrick was so excited and loved all the rides... If you had seen his face bouncing about Disneyland. He was so happy and carefree. I want to say a massive thank you for everything you have done for our family. He is doing so well. And I cannot thank you all enough.“

~Sarah (Patrick’s sister in law)~