52 Lives

#417 Kim

Request: Donations / Gifts / Christmas cards

This week, we’re trying to help a woman called Kim and her three children.

Kim was severely abused by her ex-partner – her support worker said it was one of the worst cases of domestic abuse she had ever seen.

Kim’s partner was paranoid and jealous. He used to accuse her of cheating and hit her on a regular basis. She wasn’t allowed to open the curtains in case she looked at another man, and when he went out to work, he locked her in the house. When he got home, he would check her over to try to find any evidence of her being unfaithful, and then sexually assault her. He also forced her to have an abortion.

One day when he was out, she managed to climb out a window and called a women’s refuge. Her and her children have been living in the refuge for almost a year now.

Kim has PTSD, anxiety and depression. She started drinking heavily to try to cope, but she has received help and is now sober and doing really well. Her and the children have just moved into a council house and are ready to start their new life.

One of her support workers said: “Her bravery and strength is inspirational. Seeing her coming out the other side has been truly remarkable and her and her children really do deserve some good luck after everything they have been through." 

A welfare officer at her children’s school said “Kim has really engaged with services and turned everything around, as she wanted to be the best she could for her children. She has had to start all over again with nothing…through all the struggles Kim has faced, she has always put her children first and ensures to do her best every day for them. Her children are lovely and have witnessed some unfortunate situations.”

We’d like to help.

What We Need

1. Donations: 100% of what you give will be used to help Kim and her children.

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We've set up a wishlist with some things for the family, as well as some gift cards . To buy a gift from the list, please click the link below and choose the gift you'd like to buy - just tick 'this is a gift' and choose the 'gift registry address' when you check out and it will be sent directly to the family.

3. Kind messages / Christmas cards: To send a kind message or Christmas card for the family, you can post it to: 52 Lives (417), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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What We Did

We raised more than £5,000 in donations and goods to help them set up their new home. Their flooring has gone down, they have a washing machine, wardrobes, a television, we helped to clear the rubbish from their garden, and we have topped up their heating to keep them warm. We have also provided vouchers for food for the past month, and will be able to provide even more support going forward

Kim said: “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. With my whole heart I truly appreciate this and will be forever grateful.”

Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible.