52 Lives

#314 Danny

Request: Donations / Household items from a wishlist / New home cards

This week we’d like to help a single dad called Danny, who has been living in a tent. He has struggled with his mental health for many years, his relationship with his partner broke down and he has been sleeping in a tent in a field ever since.

His son was recently removed from the care of his mum, and would have ended up in the care system if Danny wasn’t able to take him. So, with the support of social services, Danny has pulled his life together, he is on medication, and he and his son have just received the keys to a council flat.

But they have virtually nothing – no beds, furniture, not even a chair to sit on. They were nominated by his social worker, who said: “Danny chose to step up when children's services asked him to take his son. He has made huge changes already in his life in order to support his child, but is now in need of the extra help.”

With your help, we’d love to give them both the best possible start.

What We Need

1. Donations: We'll use your donations to buy furniture for Danny and his son. If we raised above what's needed, we'll help in other ways. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. You can donate online or by text using the details below. 

2. Homewares from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist filled with all the things they need. To buy a gift, please click on the link below. You will be taken to Amazon, where you can choose a gift that will be sent directly to Danny and his son (just tick 'this is a gift' and select 'gift registry address' at checkout). 

3. New home cards: This is a big new start for Danny and his son and we'd love to give them as much moral support as we can. To send a New Home card, please post it to: 52 Lives (Life 314), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. Or you can email a message by writing it in the form below (your contact details will not be shared). 


What We Did

Thanks to all of you, every item was bought from their wishlist, we raised more than £2000 to buy them everything else they needed and we have also received so many New Home cards wishing them well.

Danny is so grateful for everything – putting all the furniture together has really helped him bond with his son. He said they have had an absolutely brilliant first week together, and that is all thanks to you. Thank you so much for helping to give them such an amazing start.