52 Lives

#252 Scarlett

Request: Donations for a computer / Sensory toys from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help a little girl called Scarlett.

Scarlett has a visual impairment and special educational needs. She usually attends a local special school, but since the Covid pandemic hit, she has been schooled at home.

Her mum is a frontline worker in a nursing home, working up to 60 hours a week, so her dad has been caring for Scarlett and her two older siblings on his own for 3 months. During this time, Scarlett’s mum contracted Covid and had to leave the family home entirely to isolate. It has been a very tough few months for them all.

The Sensory Team who support Scarlett and her family in the home and at school have been offering Virtual Play Sessions. The sessions provide support and ideas for activities, and also a chance for parents to chat and connect with other parents in similar situations. But Scarlett’s family don’t have a computer, so they haven’t been able to join in.

Scarlett absolutely loves playing outside, but at home they only have a very tiny concrete space and none of the sensory equipment that would really benefit her.

Scarlett was nominated by a specialist support worker from The Sensory Team, who said she would really benefit from some kindness at the moment.

We’d love to help provide what she needs and make life easier for the whole family. 

What We Need

1. Donations: So we can buy a computer for the family. Anything we raise above what is needed for the computer will be used to help Scarlett and her family in other ways. 100% of what you give will be used to help them.

2. Sensory toys and gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with some of the things that would help Scarlett, and also make life more fun! To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to Scarlett. 

3. Kind messages for Scarlett and her family: They've been through a difficult time, and we'd love to send them some kind messages, emails, cards, drawings...whatever you would like to send. Messages can be written in the form below and we will pass them along (your contact details will not be shared) or you can post them to 52 Lives (Life 252), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. 

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What We Did

But thanks to all of you, Scarlett's family now has a computer, so she can join in with the sensory play sessions.

We received almost £1000 in donations, so as well as the computer, Scarlett has all of the sensory toys on her wishlist, and an iTunes gift card so they can buy her the apps she needs.

On top of that, we received so many cards, gifts and messages for Scarlett and her family. Thank you all so much for doing this for her. Your kindness is going to make life so much better for her whole family.

And a big thank you to Gala Bingo for their fundraising and support!