52 Lives

#350 Katrina

Request: Donations / Gifts / New home cards

This week, we’d like to help a single mum called Katrina and her two children (aged 4 and 13), who are  traumatised and in need of support.

Katrina is about to have surgery, her 4 year old has cystic fibrosis and autism and her 13 year old has been diagnosed with OCD and severe anxiety (he has very little confidence and has been self-harming).

They fled hundreds of miles to escape severe domestic abuse, with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. They have been staying in a run-down B&B, which was awful. There had little privacy and there was a lot of anti-social behaviour and drug use from other residents. It frightened the children and was really difficult for Katrina, who was trying to balance keeping her children safe while avoiding conflict.

The good news is they have just been offered their own council property. But they have absolutely nothing. They were nominated by their social worker who said they haven’t been receiving the benefits they’re entitled to, as it’s taking time to apply and process, so they have been relying on foodbanks for their meals. She said “They are a positive family and grateful for everything and anything – they ask for nothing but to be safe and happy. They are looking forward to living a normal family life.”

Their social worker has managed to source some white goods and beds, but they have no flooring and nothing else in the property. We’d like to provide the other things they need.

What We Need

1. Donations: We'll use your donation to pay for flooring and any other larger items they need. You can donate online or by text using the details below. 100% of what you give will be used to help them.

2. Amazon gifts: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with some of the smaller things they need. To buy something, please click the link below (just tick 'this is a gift' and select the 'gift registry address' when you checkout). Your gift will be sent directly to the family.

3. Kind messages / New Home cards: If you'd like to send a kind message to Katrina and her children, please write it in the form below (your contact details will not be passed on) or you can post cards or messages to 52 Lives (350), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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