52 Lives

#297 Anya

Request: Donations / Presents from a wishlist / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help an 11 year old girl called Anya.

Anya and her mum were in a car accident when she was 6, which left her mum with no short term memory for more than a year. It was really hard on the whole family – Anya started having extreme anxiety and was referred to child mental health services.

Anya is also a young carer for her brother, Tom, who is autistic. His behaviour is very challenging, and he's often aggressive and violent towards his mum. Anya’s mum and dad separated a few years ago, and Anya has helped to look after her brother ever since.

Tom’s behaviour makes leaving the house as a family very difficult, so Anya misses out on a lot. She has become more and more anxious over the years and has also been diagnosed with OCD. Her teacher said Anya is such a kind and caring little girl, but she has very low self-esteem and she worries about her transitioning into high school next year.

Her mum said: “My happy, bubbly little girl has gone... she really struggles to build trust and to relax with people.”

Anya has tried all types of therapy and nothing has helped. Her mental health worker noticed a big difference in her when she was around animals, and has recommended equine therapy - called ‘Think Like a Pony’. Unfortunately it isn’t funded on the NHS and her mum can’t afford it.

We’d like to help.

What We Need

1. Donations: We'll use 100% of your donations to help Anya. To donate online, click the link below. To donate by text, please use the details in the box provided.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with some sensory items for Tom, some toys for Anya and some things for their garden. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. It will be sent directly to the family (just tick 'this is a gift' and select the 'gift registry address' at checkout.).

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message for Anya or her family, please post it to 52 Lives, PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. To send a message by email, please write it in the form below (your contact details will not be shared). 



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we will be able to fund Anya's therapy for a whole year. Thank you so much to everyone who helped her in some way. You've made it possible for us to give Anya the support she needs.

(This is a message from her mum...)