52 Lives

#271 Sadie and Toby

Request: Donations for carpet / Baby things from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’re trying to help a young mum called Sadie and her 7 month old baby boy, Toby.

When Sadie became pregnant with Toby, she was living with her mum and siblings in a small, overcrowded flat.

Her mum is an alcoholic and was abusive towards Sadie. After her baby was born, it became too dangerous for Sadie to stay there so the council rehoused them.

They are now safe and happy, but they are very much on their own. Her relationship with Toby’s dad ended and she no longer sees her mum.

Sadie’s social worker got in touch to see if we could help her. When she visited Sadie, she noticed that there was no flooring in any of the main living areas – just cold concrete. Toby is trying to crawl, and the bare floors are not suitable at all for a baby, especially in winter.

With your help, we’d like to carpet these areas for them. We’d also like to provide some other things that Toby will need over the coming year, to make life a little bit easier for Sadie. 

We asked Sadie if there is anything we could get for her personally, as a Christmas present, but she said she just wanted us to focus on Toby. So we have added some surprise gift cards onto the wishlist, so she can buy herself something she likes.

What We Need

1. Donations: We will use your donations to pay for carpet. Any funds we raise above what is needed will be used to help Sadie and Toby in other ways. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. You can donate online by clicking the link below, or by text using the details in the box.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with a few things they need for the flat, and some clothes and toys for Toby. To buy a gift, please click the link below. They will be sent to Sadie's social worker, to deliver to her (the gift registry address will show the name 'Sadie c/o Amie').

3. Kind messages: We'd love to send Sadie some kind messages to let her know that she is not alone, and to help her feel supported. To email a message, please write it in the form below (your contact details will not be passed on) or you can post a message to: 52 Lives (Life 271), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. 




Thanks to all of you, we were able to provide everything they needed. They now have carpet, beds, mattresses, a washing machine, stair gates, baby clothes, toys, toiletries, vouchers for groceries...and so many other things that are going to make their life easier. Best of all, Sadie no longer feels alone. Your donations, gifts and messages have made such a difference to her life. Thank you all for being so kind to her.