This week, we’d like to help a single mum called Claire and her 2 girls.
Claire’s partner was violent and verbally abusive. Her youngest daughter witnessed the violence, and both girls were there for the on-going verbal abuse. It has left both children traumatised, to the point where they had to receive counselling and support from social services.
Claire and her girls left the family home and moved into a flat. Around the same time, Claire’s mum sadly died. For a long time, her mum had been her main source of support...both emotionally and practically. She was very close to her granddaughters, and always helped to look after them so Claire could work.
Her death was completely devastating for all of them.
Claire is now struggling, both financially and emotionally. Her boss doesn’t allow her to take days off, so she has dragged herself into work even when she - or one of her children - was unwell, as she is terrified of getting fired. In recent weeks, Claire’ mental health has seriously declined and some of her friends (who are fellow mums from school) were worried she was going to harm herself. They encouraged Claire to see her GP and she is now also being assigned a social worker.
Claire is grieving, she feels like a failure as a mother, she’s scared and she’s worried about money. With your help, we’d love to do what we can to help.