52 Lives

#311 Riley

Request: Donations / Get Well cards

This week, we’d like to help an 8 year old boy called Riley and his baby brother Rory.

Last year, Riley started having headaches and feeling sick, which his doctors thought was migraines at first. He also started becoming withdrawn and angry - but it was during lockdown, so they thought perhaps he was tired or having too much screen time. But when he didn’t get better and started to lose weight, his mum took him back to the doctor. After more tests, they discovered Riley had a brain tumour.

His mum, Emily, said: "I just couldn't believe it, You read of these things happening to other parents and you just never think that it is going to happen to you."

Riley has spent the last 10 months in and out of hospital having operations and treatment. Emily was still on maternity leave when Riley became ill and his step dad was furloughed, so it has been incredibly tough – both emotionally and financially. All of this happening during lockdown, which added to the stress. And among all of this, Emily was trying to care for her new baby – trying to be in hospital with Riley, but making sure she was back in time to breastfeed Rory.

Emily works for the NHS and her maternity leave ended in March, but with Riley still having treatment she hasn’t been able to go back to work. His step dad has also had to stop working to help care for them both.

They have had a really terrible year, and we’d like to do something to help make the rest of it a little bit better for them

The risk of Covid makes it hard for them to take Riley out very easily, and their garden is in a bad state. It’s not safe or suitable for the children to play in. We’d like to fix it for them, and give the children somewhere to play while they’re at home. 


1. Donations: We'll use 100% of your donations to help Riley and Rory. If we raise more funds than we need for the garden, then we will help them in other ways. You can donate online or by text using the details below. 

2. Get Well cards: We'd love to send Riley a big bunch of Get Well cards, to let him know there are lots of people out there thinking of him and wishing him well.
Send By Post: 52 Lives (Life # 311), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.
Send By Email: To send a message to Riley by email, just write your message in the form below and we will pass it along. You contact details will not be shared.  


What We Did

Riley is back in hospital this week with an infection (and is a very tired little boy, as you can see in the photo) – but all of your kindness has helped to make this time a little bit easier.

You ended up donating more than £2000, which means we will be able to help Riley and his family in so many ways. You also sent lovely gifts and get well cards for Riley (the Lego has been keeping him occupied during his latest hospital stay) and children in our School Kindness Workshops and Kids’ Kindness Club wrote letters and made gifts as well.

Thank you so much for helping to take a little bit of pressure of the family at a really difficult time. Get well soon Riley! We're all thinking of you. x