52 Lives

#272 Tracey and William

Request: Donation for furniture and flooring / Gifts from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help a young couple who have been homeless, and recently had a baby. 

Tracey was neglected as a child and put into foster care when she was 14. She spent the next two years moving between foster homes. When she was 16, she was allowed to live with her parents again, but they kicked her out a few weeks later. She was homeless and ‘family-less’. No one was supporting her. She moved from hostel to hostel and felt worthless.

Tracey met her partner William, who had been a young carer for his mum. William was homeless as well. They have been together for nearly two years and recently had a baby boy, Tom (who is now 3 months old).

Due to their circumstances, Tom has been assigned a social worker, who got in touch to ask if we could help. She said the baby is thriving in their care and they are wonderful parents. They have also just moved into a flat, but they have nothing.

We’d like to fill their new home with everything they need, and also provide some things their baby might need in the coming months.

What We Need

1. Donations: We need donations to buy some of the bigger items (cooker, beds, mattress etc). 100% of your donations will be used to help them. To make a donation online, please click the button below or to donate by text just use the details in the box. 

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with some things Tracey and William need. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. You can then choose an item from the wishlist, which will be sent directly to the family. 

3. Kind messages: Tracey and William have been through a lot and we'd love to send them some kind messages to let them know they're not alone. You can email a message by writing in the form below (your details will not be past on to them, just the message), or you post a message to: 52 Lives (Life # 272), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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What We Did

You bought everything from the wishlist and we also managed to buy them a cooker (in time for Christmas!), bedroom furniture, carpet, everything else they needed for their baby, and we’ll be providing some vouchers for groceries. You’ve also sent them so many kind messages, to let them know they aren’t alone. The little things you do each week, combined together, make a huge difference to people’s lives. Thank you all so much. You’ve given this little family an amazing start in their life together.
This is a message we received from their social worker...