52 Lives

#368 Abi

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a teenage girl called Abi. Her parents struggled with addiction so she has lived with her grandparents for most of her life.

Her nan has arthritis and isn’t able to work anymore. Her grandad, who is 64, is still working but has bouts of depression and sometimes can’t leave the house.

They don’t have much money and Abi feels very isolated. She spends most of her time in her bedroom and school is a struggle for her. She doesn’t have many clothes… just an old school uniform, PJs and a handful of other items, so she never joins in on non-uniform days and doesn’t socialise.

Her social worker has referred her to child mental health services, but she also asked if we could do something kind for her. She said: “Abi has experienced a lot of trauma in her life. She is struggling with her self-confidence and friendship and doesn’t like herself much.”

We’d like to buy Abi some new furniture for her bedroom, voucher for clothes, new school uniform and shoes. We’d also to provide her grandparents with some help with living costs and send them all on a trip to the seaside – something Abi has always wanted to do but never had the chance.


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What We Need

1. Donations: 100% of what you give will be used to help Abi and her grandparents. You can donate online or by text using the details below. 

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with things for Abi's bedroom and a few items her grandparents need for the home as well. To buy a gift from the list, please click the link below. Your gift will be sent directly to Abi (just tick 'this is a gift' and select the 'gift registry address' when you checkout).

3. Kind messages: Abi has been through a lot and we'd love to send her some supportive messages. To send her a message, please either write it in the form below and we will pass it along, or you can post it to 52 Lives (Abi),  PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.


What We Did

We raised more than £3000 in donations and gifts! We were able to provide bedroom furniture, clothing vouchers, a computer and desk, a fridge, help with utilities so they can keep the heating on, grocery vouchers, and you also sent lots of kind messages for them. The support you gave has made such a big difference for the entire family. Thank you for helping them.