52 Lives

#284 Penelope & Hugo

Request: Donations / Gifts from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help two siblings, Hugo (4) and Penelope (7).

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

It’s obviously been a really tough time for Hugo...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 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.



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised more than £2500 and have been able to support them in buying what they needed for their new home. You also sent so many kind cards, messages and gifts for the children. 

A big thank you to the children at Stourport Primary School for the incredible cards they made. Hugo and Penelope have been through a tough time and they will absolutely love receiving all of your kind messages.

"I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you have done for our family. I’m completely overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of everybody that has donated, bought gifts and sent lovely messages to myself, Penelope and Hugo. Penelope has been so happy and feels so lucky to have beautiful new toys. We have settled into being home and back to being a family and we are truly grateful for everything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Kelly, Penelope and Hugo xxx