52 Lives

#244 Sonia

Request: Donations for a bed / Toys and books / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a mum living in emergency housing with her toddler and newborn baby.

Sonia has lived in the UK for most of her life - she moved here with her mum when she was very young. Sonia’s mum passed away and, shortly after, Sonia discovered that her mum hadn’t sorted out her immigration status. So Sonia was left in a difficult situation, with no Visa and no access to public funds.

Her situation will get resolved and she will be able to work again but, in the meantime, life is incredibly tough. She has been living in temporary shared accommodation with her toddler and newborn baby. When the Covid pandemic hit, two men who had been homeless were moved into the shared house with her and her children. Sonia felt uncomfortable and scared and so isolated in their single room as much as possible. 

Thankfully, she and the children have just been moved into different accommodation - but there are so many things the children need that she can't provide. One of the professionals working with the family said a little bit of support would significantly improve the well-being of the children. We’d love to help provide it.

What We Need

1. Donations: At the moment, Sonia's toddler sleeps in her bed, as he doesn't have one of his own. We will use your donations to buy a bed and chest of drawers for him. Anything we raise above that amount will be used to help them in other ways. To make a donation, please click the link below. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. 

2. Things from a wishlist: Sonia was grateful for us just to help provide a bed, but we would also love to send them toys, books and clothes to help make this time better for them. We've set up a wishlist with all sorts of things for the children. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. (If you haven't bought from an Amazon wishlist before and need help, please click here to read our handy guide)

3. Kind messages: To send a message to Sonia and her children, please either write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be passed on), or you can post it to 52 Lives (Life # 244), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. 

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