52 Lives

#269 Edna

Request: Donations for carpet, paint and furniture

This week, we’d like to help an elderly lady called Edna, who is in need of some kindness.

Edna has several disabilities, and also recently recovered from cancer. She is on medication that suppresses her immune system, so she is extremely vulnerable and has been shielding since March.

Edna lives alone. Her son was killed in an accident many years ago and her husband left her, so she only has her daughter now, who juggles caring for her mum and her young children as well.

Edna’s daughter is worried about her mum’s living conditions and mental health. She said Edna’s home is in a very poor state. There’s no flooring at all, her bedroom furniture is old and broken, and her walls are damaged.

“She already had to spend a lot of time in bed due to her health, and now that she can’t leave the house at all due to Covid, it’s so much worse for her. She’s stuck in the most depressing of conditions and I can tell it’s really bringing her down,” her daughter said.

To make matters worse, Edna had a bad fall last week, and broke her nose and cheekbone.

With your help, we’d love to repair Edna’s home, replace her broken furniture and have some carpet fitted, to cover the concrete floor.

What We Need

1. Donations: 100% of your donations will be used to improve Edna's home. We'll buy carpet, repair her walls and replace her broken bedroom furniture. Any funds we raise above what is needed for that will be used to help her in other ways. You can donate online by clicking the button below, or by text using the details below. 

2. Cards: We'd love to send Edna some kind cards and messages to let her know she's not alone. Messages can be emailed using the form below (your contact details will not be passed along) or posted to 52 Lives (Life # 269), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. 


What We Did

We raised more than £2000 in one week, and have replaced Edna's broken floor, repaired and painted her walls, and bought her new bedroom furniture. We also bought her a phone, so she can stay in contact with her friends and family more easily.

We also received so many kind cards and messages for her - and the children in our Kids' Kindness Club made her beautiful letters, drawings and bunting for her bedroom.