Christmas Sparkle for a little Princess
Just take a moment to think of all the things that you are looking forward to enjoying this Christmas with your family and friends – Now take them all away – This is how lonely life feels to Joanne sometimes.
Joanne is a single mother from Harrogate. She is currently living in a hostel with her 9 month old baby. She and her young child don’t have the support of a family environment and she is currently having to live on benefits.
Joanne really thought she was at a point in her life where she was ready to settle down with a partner and have a family. Unfortunately things did not work out with her baby’s father and they have separated. He has very little to do with Joanne or the baby and doesn’t contribute any support to either of them financially. At the moment, Joanne also has no contact with her own family either.
As a single mum, each day is a little battle just to keep afloat. Some of the challenges she faces are really hard. Joanne struggles to buy anything but for the very basics in life. She often feels lonely and says she has no one to turn to for help. Each is difficult and her future seems bleak and likely to be hard to cope with.
Joanne told us that she has been saving up for a long time to have some photographs done of her daughter. At the Hub in Harrogate, people we serve and team members thought that this could be a perfect opportunity to give something special to Joanne and her daughter.
With a donation from ubu of £50 The Hub bought Joanne’s baby girl a beautiful selection of clothes for her to wear so she can sparkle like a little princess for her mummy in the all the pictures she is hoping to have taken over Christmas. We also made sure there was a small gift for Joanne too, something to let her to know that we care about her too.