52 Lives

#284 Penelope & Hugo

Request: Donations / Gifts from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help a single mum called Kelly, and her children, Hugo (4) and Penelope (7).

Last July, Hugo suffered a catastrophic brain injury and has been left with severe disabilities. Hugo and Kelly spent the next 7 months in Manchester Children's Hospital, while Penelope was cared for family members. They have also had to move out of their home and into an adapted council house, to better suit Hugo’s needs.

Kelly is an amazing young mum who adjusted so quickly to what was happening, and has managed to stay positive through it all. She even organised a charity collection to support the children on Hugo’s ward for Christmas.

But it’s obviously been a really tough time for Hugo and Kelly...but also for Penelope.

Her teacher said Penelope and Hugo have always been best of friends, and she had been really looking forward to her little brother starting school with her last September. “Hugo would always accompany Kelly on the school run. He would chase Penelope into class for one more kiss before leaving, and was banging on the door at 3.30 when he came to pick her up. They clearly adore each other.”

Penelope was traumatised by what happened to Hugo last year, then was suddenly separated from her mum and brother for months, before losing her home.

The family has received some support to make the council house more suitable for Hugo, but there is still so much they will need. With your help, we would love to do something to help make life a bit better for them all.

What We Need

1. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with toys and bedding for Penelope and Hugo. We've also added some extra surprise gifts for Kelly. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. It will be sent directly to the family. 

2. Donations: Your donations will be used to buy a specialist chair for Hugo and an oven for the family. Any additional donations will be used to help them in other ways. 

3. Kind messages: We'd love to send some kind messages to Kelly, Penelope and Hugo, to let them know we're thinking of them. To email a kind message, please write it in the form below (your contact details will not be shared with them) or you can post it to: 52 Lives (Life 284) , PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.



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