52 Lives

#220 Nadine

Request: Donations for an Ipad / Christmas presents for Blake / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a mother and son from Berkshire.

Nadine is registered blind and has various additional needs. She is a single mum to a 5 year old boy called Blake. In May of this year, Blake fell ill and Nadine decided to take him to hospital to have some blood tests. Shortly after, Blake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

It has turned their life upside down. She regularly has to take him to their local hospital for treatment, as well as another hospital that’s over an hour away. Nadine doesn’t drive, so the logistics of getting there can be difficult. This is made more difficult by the fact that some days he has treatment in the morning and has to come back in the afternoon to collect medication – which means 4 trips and a lot of waiting around.

One of the hospitals he visits offers a bus service but it’s at very limited times, meaning they often have to wait hours to get home. As well as having Leukaemia, Blake is also being assessed for autism spectrum disorder. Having a poorly child who also potentially has autism is hard enough for Nadine to deal with. The added difficulty of keeping him entertained for hours on end makes life even harder.

We’d like to help.

What We Need

1. Donations for an iPad: We’d like to buy Blake an iPad and some educational games for him to download. It will give him something to do during the long waits, it will help him stay on top of any school work he misses, and will make Nadine's life a lot easier. To make a donation towards the iPad and games, please click the donate button below. 100% of what you give will be used to help Nadine and Blake.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: Money is tight but Nadine is managing her finances well. She can manage the day-to-day living costs, but the added expense of Christmas will be a struggle. We asked Nadine to tell us all the things Blake likes, and we've have created an Amazon wishlist for them. It will mean Nadine will be able to give Blake some of the things he would like for Christmas, without having to worry about money. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. It will be sent directly to Nadine.

3. Messages: To send a kind message for Nadine or a 'Get Well Soon' message for Blake, please write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be passed along) or you can send them to 52 Lives, PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, every single item was bought from the wishlist. After the list was empty, many of you asked me to add on some things for Nadine as well – which were also bought in record time.

We wanted to raise £400 to buy the iPad and some educational apps – we raised almost £1400! So as well as the iPad we are going to be able to do so many other things to help this family. We also sent them all of your kind messages and some get well cards made by school children in one of our Kindness Workshops.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped and a big thank you to Gala Bingo for their fundraising– it couldn’t have come at a better time. Nadine hasn’t been well, and Blake is having some intense treatment and has just lost his hair, so he is a bit emotional at the moment. 

Your kindness has made such a big difference to them.