52 Lives

#248 A Family from Sussex

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a family from Sussex, who are grieving and struggling.

The mum is looking after her 4 children (all aged under 12) on her own. Her husband had bowel cancer and sadly passed away in September, after a long period of illness. They were both self-employed and in the year leading up to his death, they had to stop working. It left them very short of money, and they had to borrow to pay bills and rent.

While her husband was going through treatment, she lost her grandad to bladder cancer. And shortly after, her father-in-law died from liver cancer. Three months later, her mum was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. She found herself sitting with her husband on one side of her receiving chemo, with her mum on the other side having her treatment.

“That day my husband and I got called into a room by his consultant. We were given the devastating news that his cancer has spread to the liver, bones, bladder and was given up to 6 months to live. I will never forget that day. Our poor children have had to come to terms with cancer tearing our happy family apart.”

So now, the mum is on her own caring for 4 young children, who are all still dealing with the loss of their dad, their grandpa and their great-grandpa, while watching their nan battle the same disease.

On top of all of this loss, they are also struggling financially. They rely on food banks for their meals, and friends’ hand-me-downs for their clothes. Their fridge is broken, and only 2 hobs on their cooker are working.

This family was nominated by teachers at the children’s school, who said they have been through far too much and are in need of some kindness. With your help, we would love to make life better for them. 

What We Need

1. Donations: We will use your donations to replace their broken things, help pay some bills, and to buy them vouchers for clothes and food. 100% of what you give will be used to help this family. To make a donation, please click the link below.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We have set up a small Amazon wishlist with some of the things they need. To buy a gift, please click the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to the family. (It's only a small list this week, so if there aren't any items left on the list, please consider making a financial donation or buying a gift card instead so we can buy some of the bigger things they need).

3. Messages: This family has been through so much, and we'd love to send them some kind messages of support to let them know they are not alone. To send a message, please either write it in the form below and we will pass it along (your contact details will not be shared), or you can post it to 52 Lives (Life # 248), PO Box 3154, Reading RG1 9AT.



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised almost £2500 - more than double the target! A replacement fridge and cooker are on their way to the family. We also bought a computer to help with home-schooling, grocery vouchers to help with food, and every single toy and book was bought from the wishlist we set up for them. We also have some lovely supporters knitting and quilting some beautiful gifts for them, and we received so many messages of support which we will pass along. All of this kindness is going to help them feel so loved and supported at a time when they need it most. ⁣

Thank you all so much. A special thanks to Donna for helping to stock their home! And a big thank you to Gala Bingo for their incredible fundraising.