52 Lives

#331 Akin

Request: Donations / Gifts from a wishlist / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a 13 year old boy called Akin. Akin has disabilities and has suffered terrible abuse at the hands of a relative.

He was born with talipes (club foot), spina bifida, cerebral palsy and fluid on his brain. He is in a wheelchair and is incontinent. He has regular treatment in hospital and needs a lot of care when he is at home. Akin was living with his dad (his mum usually lives in another country), but he sadly passed away several years ago, and so Akin was left in the care of a relative.

Children’s services became after involved after Akin disclosed to staff at school and in the hospital that his relative had been hurting him. There were concerns around physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. Akin was placed in foster care, until his mother could get permission to live with him in the UK.

She is thankfully now living here, and Akin is safe at home with her. They have been given accommodation by the local authority, but they have virtually nothing. His social worker said they are in desperate need of support.

This young boy has been through such a terrible time, and we’d like to give him a lovely home to live in. 

What We Need

1. Donations: We will use your donations to buy the bigger furniture items Akin and his mum need. 100% of what you give will be used to help them. You can donate online or by text using the details below.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a small wishlist with some bedding and homewares they need. To buy a gift from the list, click the button below. Your gift will be sent directly to the family (just click 'this is a gift' and select the 'gift registry address' at checkout).

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message for the family, please write it in the form below and we will pass it along (your contact details will not be shared), or you can post a card or message to: 52 Lives (Life # 331), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, everything was bought from the wishlist and we also raised almost £2000, which has been used to provide beds, mattresses, storage furniture, white goods, and a laptop and printer for Akin. We are also paying for some driving lessons for his mum, which will help to give her and Akin a bit more freedom as he gets older.

On top of all of that, we also received so many kind messages for them both. Thank you to everyone who helped in some way. You have given this young boy and his mum such a great start in their new life together.