I have known my friend for 25 years. She is bright and caring and lovely.
Five years ago her husband left her and moved abroad leaving her to bring up her two little children alone. He does not contribute to their upbringing in any way.
My friend suffers from life-limiting health problems which mean she cannot work. She has lost her house and her car and her children have had to move schools. Understandably, she now also suffers from depression.
I have tried to help over the years by buying a washing machine for her, by fuelling her car and by buying food for her and her children. School uniform has also been provided by me, as well as Christmas and birthday presents.
I am happy to have helped my friend, and I will keep helping her. I want to help further, though, through this campaign. She needs money to help her out of the hole she is in. With it, she could use her skills to start a business which would fit around her children and her health, or she could invest it to provide some income.
She would never ask for help in this way herself, so I am asking for her. Be a friend and help a friend to help a friend.