52 Lives

#255 Destiny

Request: Donations / Sensory Toys / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a little girl called Destiny, and her great aunt, Mandie, who cares for her.

Destiny has multiple serious disabilities. She is blind and has cerebral palsy and dystonia, she can’t swallow or lift her limbs or head, can’t regulate her temperature, and she also has hundreds of micro seizures a day.

Around 18 months ago, Destiny was going to be put into care. Mandie didn’t want that to happen and decided to foster her. Mandie also has two older children, Rhys and Alicia, who are both on the autism spectrum. On top of all of this, Mandie is also managing her own health issues (some of which cause her a lot of pain.)

Fostering Destiny meant Mandie had to leave the home she loved and move into a different council house that was deemed more suitable for Destiny’s needs. Mandie was sad to leave her home, but said the alternative was Destiny being put into care, and so the decision was simple. 

“I just feel lucky to have her – she’s such a special girl. She’s my world.” she said.

They were nominated by a support worker, who said Mandie is struggling to buy all of the sensory and specialist equipment that Destiny needs. We also found out they are in need of some furniture, as well as help to make the garden more accessible. With your support, we’d like to try to do all of this for them.

What We Need

1. Donations: Your donations will be used to buy some of the larger sensory items for Destiny, as well as some furniture. If we raise enough, we would also like to help make the garden more accessible. 100% of what you give will be used to help this family. 

2. Sensory toys from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with some smaller sensory toys for Destiny. To buy one, please click on the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to Destiny. 

3. Cards and messages: To send a kind message to anyone in the family, please post it to 52 Lives (Life 255), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. Or you can email a message by writing it in the form below and we will pass it along (your contact details will not be shared).



What We Did

There were a lot of things that Destiny needed to help improve her quality of life - and thanks to all of you, she now has them. Every sensory toy was bought from the wishlist and we raised almost £1500 to buy some of larger pieces of equipment, as well as some comfy furniture for her. So many kind people have also sent gifts and supportive messages for Destiny and her family.

We've even managed to buy some gifts for Mandie's two older children, Alicia and Rhys, who are both on the autism spectrum.

Destiny would like to say a massive thank you to Jaime and all the wonderful people who donated money and bought her beautiful gifts. She couldn’t thank you all enough, she is so, so grateful. You have made a little girl very, very happy. Myself, Rhys & Alicia would also like to say thank you to everyone for your donations and kind words, it means a lot to all of us. I would like to personally thank all of those who left me a lovely message, they mean a lot. 

Love from us all
Destiny, Mandie, Rhys & Alicia