This week, we would like to help a young girl from Scotland who has spent most of her life helping to care for her siblings.
Her mum, Rachel, looks after the three children on her own. As well as Kelly, she has a 17 year old son who has autism, and a 6 year old son who has autism, is non-verbal and has epilepsy. As you can imagine, it is a constant, daily struggle.
Kelly has always devoted all of her time and energy to helping her mum care for her siblings. She does everything she can to support them and to bring as much happiness into their lives as she can.
But Kelly also has her own struggles. She has depression and suffers from severe anxiety, to the point where she hasn’t been able to go to school this year. She is being home schooled now.
When I spoke to the family’s social worker, she said this is very much a family in need of help, and that Kelly in particular would benefit hugely from some kindness.
Kelly has always wanted to go to Alton Towers theme park, but they have very little money. Rachel really wants to do something special for her daughter so she has been saving up and has managed to buy tickets. But they can’t afford the train fare or hotel costs.
We would love to help Kelly have a fun weekend away and forget about her worries even for just a short time. Her mum said it would mean the world to her.
We would also like to make home schooling easier for Kelly. She doesn’t have a computer, which limits what she can do. We would love buy a laptop for her, and cover the costs of internet access as well.