52 Lives

#295 A family in need

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’d like to do something for a family of 5 in need of help.

They sought asylum in the UK 15 months ago, and were originally housed in London. They have a teenage son who started attending college, as well as a 7 year old and a 1 year old.

This year, they were disbursed to a town just outside London, which means the teenage boy now has to travel by train into London to attend college. He is doing really well, and has even won awards from his college for outstanding work, so his mum and dad are trying to do everything they can to make sure he can stay and finish his final year. But the travel costs are leaving them in extreme poverty.

They’re not allowed to work and have no access to normal benefits. They receive around £170 a week from the home office, £70 of which is spent on their son’s travel. The college would usually be able to help with bursaries for families in need, but they have no bank account and are unable to open one, which means they're not eligible for help with travel costs.

They were nominated by their social worker, who has been helping them access their local food bank. She said they are under a lot of strain and desperately need help.

What We Need

1. Donations: We'll use your donations to help pay for train fares for the teenage boy, and also to buy the family clothes, grocery gift cards, and anything else they need. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. To make a donation online, click the link below. You can also donate by text using the details in the box provided.  

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a small Amazon wishlist with some clothes, toys, nappies and wipes. To buy a gift from the list, please click the link below. You will be taken to Amazon, where to can choose a gift from the list and it will be sent directly to the family (just tick the 'this is a gift' box and select 'gift registry address' at checkout). 

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message to the family, please either post it to us at 52 Lives (Life # 295), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT or email by writing your message in the form below (your contact details will not be shared). 




We raised an incredible £2900 in just one week and all the toys, clothes, nappies and gifts were bought from the wishlist. With the funds donated, we will be able to make sure the teenage boy can travel to college for many, many months - without having to worry about the impact it will have on his family's ability to buy food.
We also used some extra donations to buy a TV and storage unit for the family. We can't share all of the photos for privacy reasons, but wish you could all see the look on the children's faces when the TV and toys arrived! We have also received so many kind messages for them. All this kindness is going to make a big difference to their life, and their state of mind.