Real Stories

Who we help

The Link Foundation has helped many families in different circumstances and therefore in different ways. With our focus on the children, here are just a few examples that demonstrate how TLF offers practical help where it matters most.

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Below are some of the Applications we have received in recent months:

Application One

A mother was referred to us in December who was in desperate need of any help the Link Foundation could provide. As a working single mother with 2 young children, aged 12 and 8 she worked full time until she collapsed one day at work and was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. Unable to now work or drive and barely able to walk, this young mother was hoping we would support her in financing train fares to Newcastle so that herself and the children could spend Christmas with her sister, who had offered to look after both the children when the time came and to ease the transition after their mothers death.
We were able to support this young mother with rail fares and donated a further £180 to help make their Christmas more memorable and less stressful.

Application Two

A mother was referred to us recently who was in desperate need of any help The Link Foundation could provide. She has two young sons who, along with her, had been made homeless as mum couldn’t keep up the rent payments. The family was made homeless and has only just been given an unfurnished home by the council. The mother now needs to find help to furnish her home for her two boys and make a new start in life as safely and comfortably as they can. The Link Foundation helped by providing £200 of vouchers for her to buy things as simple as a kettle, cutlery and bed sheets for the boys.

Application Three

A Family in very sad circumstances came to us asking for help with the cost of childcare for the 3 month old son. During pregnancy the mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she is awaiting treatment for Chemo and Radio Therapy. The father had taken a lot of time off work to care for both his wife and his child, but could not take much more off. They were asking for help with childcare for the day after the mother’s treatment as she would be tired and sick and the father could not take the extra time off work. They are both very anxious not to let her illness affect their boy’s childhood and give him as normal a life as it is possible to. The Link Foundation helped with the cost of childcare for one day a week so mum could spend time to recuperate and grow her strength.

Struggling Single Mother of four children.

The Link Foundation received an application from a local health visitor who was supporting a single mother and her 4 children. Mum has suffered from mental health problems as a result of many years of domestic violence. After escaping her perpetrator and living in a refuge for several months with her children, the family were being rehoused in a small 3 bedroom flat.
Unfortunately the flat provided by the council did not have any beds or a cooker and the family were in dire need of assistance. The Link Foundation was able to help by donating vouchers to buy bunk beds for the children, which made a huge difference to their lives.
At a subsequent trustee meeting, the trustees also agreed to provide a cooker for this family as they were living on microwaveable food, which was inadequate for the children’s health.
Mum is delighted with the help she has received from the Link Foundation as she feels she is now able to build a home for her four children and give them a good environment after such a traumatic time.

Support for child’s first bed.

In November 2018 we received an application form from a married couple with two young children all living in a one bed-roomed flat. The husband is in full time employment but, having paid for the rent, bills and food, there is limited funds left. Their son, aged 6 years shares a double bed with his parents and wakes up several times during the night, this has an adverse effect on him and when he is at school he often falls asleep during his lessons. The application was for a single bed for this child.
The Link Foundation helped by providing £170 vouchers for them to purchase a single bed and mattress.

When a father suddenly gained custody of his children, he turned to The Link Foundation for help.

We had a father come to us in desperate need when he started to take care of his four children. The father had been living as a single man with a friend when suddenly social services contacted him saying they had to take the children out of their mothers care and place them all in his care. The father was moved to emergency accommodation with his children and gave up his job to look after the four children full time. A few months later he moved into private rental accommodation but had no general belongings to take with him for the children. He asked The Link Foundation for items as simple as a toaster, bedding and cutlery for his children to eat with. He wanted to have a home for the children to call their own and feel safe and secure and confident in and the father worked very hard to give them this all while attending a court case to gain full custody of his children. The Link Foundation was able to help him purchase the items and make the childrens’ quality of life much better.