Making Memories… Giving Hope

The children we support: Introducing Eddie*

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We want to tell you about some of the children who will be coming on the CHICKS Christmas breaks this year, so you can find out how your support will make a difference to young lives...

9-year-old Eddie* lives in Birmingham. At the age of two, his mum was sent to prison and he was placed into foster care. His dad fought to get him out of care, and they now live together in extreme poverty in very poor living conditions.

Eddie’s dad was working, but his hours were cut and as a consequence he lost his child tax credits. They are relying on food banks and support from Eddie’s school just to survive.

With no money for the basic essentials such as food and clothing, there is no money to celebrate Christmas.

Eddie said to his dad “its, ok we don't have to do Christmas." At the age of nine, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you can afford Christmas.

Fortunately, Eddie is coming on our Christmas break this year and his dad is thrilled that we will be able to provide Eddie with the Christmas that he wishes he could provide at home. Eddie will be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and wake up to a stocking from Santa on Christmas morning.

Best of all, his dad no longer has to worry about not being able to "do" Christmas this year, and Eddie can make some precious festive memories.

Your support means we can provide breaks for more children like Eddie, allowing them to make happy memories and have fun without worrying about adult responsibilities. This year alone, we've given over 1,100 children a much needed respite break. In 2016, we hope to help over 1,500 children, but to do that we need your help. Please, if you can, consider supporting us this Christmas - it really will make a difference.

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*Name changed to protect identity

 

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