Jennifer speaks about how the Coronavirus Children's Appeal has impacted her family

Posted by / Wednesday 22 April 2020 / Fundraising
Jennifer Family 2

Our Coronavirus Children's Appeal is helping families across the UK to get the essentials they need. We spoke to Jennifer about how this has impacted her family.

Jennifer said, "We’d been in self-isolation for nearly two weeks, my eldest son Stan has a weak immune system because of his heart condition. I was literally at the stage where I didn’t know what I was going to do. I am so incredibly grateful for the help I received from Action for Children’s emergency fund."

Jennifer is a stay-at-home Mum to her two sons. Stanley has POTS (a condition which leads to an abnormal increase in his heart rate when sitting or standing) and has a heart monitor in his chest. He also suffers from asthma. Nathan has NDD (Neuro Development Delay) which significantly affects his emotional and behavioural maturity. 

“I’d had foodbank vouchers, but I couldn’t leave the house to get there and I was becoming more and more stressed not thinking properly. I was muddling through like a robot, too frightened to leave the house in case I brought something back and made the kids ill. I’d never forgive myself if something happened to them.”

Jennifer has used our Bristol Action Breaks service for respite care and received help from our Coronavirus Children's Appeal.

“When Trish, a Family Support Practitioner, dropped off all the essentials she could get for me – milk, carrots, potatoes and mincemeat as well as washing powder and cleaning stuff – it was such a god send. And she collected the kids medication too from Boots as, at the time, they wanted to charge me to get it delivered.

"I’ve never lived through something like this and neither have the kids – none of us know how to deal with it. I’m just so grateful to have someone like Trish I can call on – she’s a lifeline."

Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Help us support families like Jennifer's to pay for the essentials. 

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