52 Lives

#380 Alina

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’re trying to help a Ukranian refugee called Alina and her new baby.

Alina came to the UK in May, fleeing the war in the Ukraine.

After she arrived, Alina found out she was pregnant. She was living with a sponsor family, but the sponsorship broke down and Alina moved out. She also lost her job around the same time (she was working virtually for a Ukranian company). She used her savings to live in a hotel, but when her savings ran out she had nowhere to go and asked for support from the council housing team. They arranged for a place in a mother and baby refuge, where she lived for four months.

Her baby was born in January and she’s now living in a one bedroom council flat.

Alina doesn’t have any friends or family here. She said: “There are Ukrainian ladies that visit me sometimes, but that’s all.”

The council flat she moved into was an empty shell, with no white goods or furniture. She managed to get some white goods from a crisis centre and some basic items for her baby from a baby bank, but there is so much more she needs.

We’d like to help make this into a proper home for her, and also provide lots of the things she needs for her baby

What We Need

1. Donations: Your donations will be used to help buy carpet, furniture and other things that Alina and her baby need. 100% of what you give will be used to help them.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist for Alina and her baby. To buy a gift, please click on the link below. You will be taken to Amazon where you can choose a gift that will be sent directly to them (just tick 'this is a gift' and choose the 'gift registry address' when you check out.)

3. Kind messages: To send a kind message to Alina, please either write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be shared) or you can post a message to: 52 Lives (Alina), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we raised more than £2000 in donations and gifts. We were able to carpet her flat and provide furniture, toys, nappies, as well as clothing and grocery vouchers.

We also received so many gifts and kind messages for her. Thank you for showing her so much kindness. Alina had lost everything and was so far from home, and you’ve helped her to feel less alone.