52 Lives

#302 Jane, Ian and Evan

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a couple called Jane and Ian, and their son Evan.

Jane was abused when she was child and then experienced domestic abuse as a young adult. She lives with a severe back injury and also has depression.

Her new partner, Ian, helps to care for her, but he also has his own health issues. Ian has seizures, which affect his memory, and isn’t able to work at the moment.

Their 10 year old son, Evan, is autistic and needs a high level of care. He has aggressive outbursts and is being seen by Great Ormond Street for eating and soiling issues.

They were nominated by their family support worker who said they are dealing with so much at the moment, they’re struggling financially, and they just really deserve something nice in their lives.

Evan’s bedroom in is need of repairs and decoration, and the flooring in their house is badly damaged and dangerous. Jane is going to be sleeping downstairs due to her back problems, and is need of a sofa bed. She also needs a mobility scooter, as she struggles to walk even short distances at the moment, which really limits what they can do as a family.

We’d like to help.

What We Need

1. Donations: We'll use your donation to pay for the repairs needed for their home, flooring and a mobility scooter. Anything we raise above what is needed for these items will be used to help them in other ways. 100% of what you give will be used to help this family. To make a donation online, click the link below. To donate via text, use the details in the box provided. 

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with toys and clothes for Evan, bedding and homewares. To buy something from the list, click the link below. The item you choose will be sent directly to the family (just tick 'this is a gift' and choose 'gift registry address' at checkout). 

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message, please either post it to 52 Lives (Life # 302), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT, or email it by using the form below (your contact details will not be passed on).



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, every item was bought from the wishlist and we raised enough to:

- Replace their damaged flooring

- Buy Jane a more comfortable sofa bed to sleep on

- Remove junk that had been left in their garden from previous tenants

- And (best of all!) to buy Jane a mobility scooter! It was something she had always wanted but could never afford.

She said she feels free for first time in a long time, and she can even take Evan to school now. This is part of a message she sent ...

“52 Lives have made it possible to make a house a home. The sofa bed is the most comfortable sleep I have had since hurting my back and Evan can play safely in our garden now. I was overwhelmed by the big boxes of gifts that were delivered throughout that week...I cried and cried some more, not because I was sad but because this has restored my faith in humanity. We want to thank each and every one of you at 52 Lives, and I hope to be able to give back when I'm ever able too. The cards and kind words lifted my spirits that much. Not only have you touched our lives you have changed it for the better, and I can't ever thank you enough. With love, light and so much gratitude❤️