52 Lives

#329 A teenage boy

Request: Donations / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to help a teenage boy from the Midlands who has a terminal illness.

Eight months ago, he was sadly given less than a year to live. He is cared for by his dad and grandpa, who have decided it’s best that he doesn’t know the prognosis. They want him to enjoy the time he has left without fear or anxiety.

His dad made the tough decision to stop working, as he wants to spend as much time with his son as possible. His grandpa is still working, but they are under a lot of financial strain. They live in a rented house and are building up arrears every month.

They were nominated by a support worker from the local council. She said the boy's dad and grandpa are trying so hard to make the time he has left special and fun - but they are really struggling. We’d like to raise funds to take some pressure off and make whatever time this young boy has left as wonderful as it can possibly be. 

What We Need

1. Donations: We will use your donations to help pay for some activities and days out for this young boy. We'll also help to cover some living expenses for them. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. 

2. Kind messages: If you would like to send a kind message to the dad or grandpa, please write your message in the form below and we will pass it along (your contact details will not be shared). We can't accept messages by post this week, as the boy is unaware we are fundraising for them, so we don't want to send packages to their home.

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What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised enough funds to pay their arrears, and we are also sending them on an amazing holiday this Easter. They had been planning to take a family holiday through the wonderful people at Make-a-Wish, which had to be stopped due to Covid. We are so happy we’ve been able to do this for them and hope they have a wonderful time together and make some fantastic memories.

Thank you all so much for the love and support you sent them. It’s made a really terrible time a little bit easier.