52 Lives

#319 Daphne

Request: Donations / Gifts / Kind Messages

This week, we’d like to help a 12 year old girl called Daphne.

Daphne is autistic and lives at home with her mum and 2 little sisters. Her dad left, so her mum had to cut right back on her hours at work to care for her. It's meant they had to leave their home and move into a council property.

Daphne has extreme anxiety and panic attacks. She also has a severe phobia of being in water and so has never been able to use a bath - and the council house they have just moved into only has a bath, no shower. So 3 times a week the family all take a 1.5 hour bus ride to their nan’s house so Daphne can shower.

Daphne’s mum is so worried about her. She said: “She puts a lot of guilt on herself, thinking she has ruined my life. She has suicidal thoughts and it’s a constant worry.”

Daphne was nominated by the family’s social worker, who said: “Life isn’t easy for this family, and the children are really feeling the strain. They need winter clothes, they need some basic items for the home - and I’d also love to see them all have some fun together.”

 With your help, we’d like to do this for them.

What We Need

1. Donations: 100% of your donation will be used to help buy the things the family needs (they are hoping the council will fit a shower, but if not we will also put donations towards that). We'll buy toys and clothes for the children, school uniforms, equipment for home schooling, and anything else they need. To donate online or by text, please use the links and details below.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with crafts, books, and homewares. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to Daphne and her family (just tick 'this is a gift' and choose the 'gift registry address' at checkout). 

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message to Daphne or her family, please post it to: 52 Lives (Life 319), 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).




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