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£435raised of £3,000 target by 14 supporters

    Weʼve raised £435 to help raise money to pay for living and legal costs for the mother of special needs South African children in the UK.

    Funded on Tuesday, 19th February 2019

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    Story

    Shen lives in the UK with her son and daughter. Both have additional needs - Nathan has ASD, ADHD, generalised anxiety, partially deaf and is turning 18, in Feb 2019.
    Nathan lives in assisted living with support staff day and night. He is settling and has recently had some other medical concerns which are being assessed and addressed. Shen is on an Ancestry visa, with no recourse to public funds. Nathan is currently being looked after but when he turns 18 he will move to the care of Adult Services and as an adult, his care provision will fall away.

    Shen has approached the Home Office with a special application to have Nathan's visa conditions changed, as she cannot care for him at home. Essentially this would leave him destitute. Obviously, this is a very stressful, time consuming and expensive process. The Home Office's response was NO which has forced her to approach many other agencies, including local MPs office, Citizens Advice, immigration consultant and many other, to find legal answers. Apparently this is an unusual and compicated case, so Shen has been advised that she will more than likely need to take on a specialised immigration lawyer. This wont be covered by legal aid is likely to cost a lot. If Shen gets a NO then Shen will approach the Human Rights court in appeal.

    This is a very difficult time trying to keep on top.of all the demands. Both children need Shen to attend appointments with them, visiting medical professionals regularly, as well as care and lots of admin that is part of the journey with special needs children. Shen's work hours have just been cut to half day again. This adds huge pressure on this little family. It is extremely overwhelming as a single mother facing all these difficulties, while still having to provide for her family. Bills need paying, food needs buying, travel costs and now the expectant legal bills.

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    • Nicola Smit5 months ago
      Nicola Smit

      Nicola Smit

      5 months ago

      Update from shen. Another up-and-down week. Still, we trust God to keep us on our #comebackstory journey. Therapy team have said Nathan needs a weighted blanket to help with sensory/ anxiety challenges. He's very huge & tall so these are around £150. A lady at work has offered to make one if I buy the special balls and fabric which needs to be very soft. It will probably cost less than half the price incl postage. I would be so grateful for some help with this. It would help N so very much. xxx

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    • Nicola Smit6 months ago
      Nicola Smit

      Nicola Smit

      6 months ago

      From Shen. Next Thursday I will hear from Adult Services exactly how much they will pay towards N's care once he turns 18 in Feb, & what they deem to be public funds which the he will be expected to pay going forward. Its been a very bad difficult 2 weeks. I have been fighting off chronic fatigue/depression big time but trusting God to keep us going. Thank you for you love & care x🌻

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    • Nicola Smit7 months ago
      Nicola Smit

      Nicola Smit

      7 months ago

      thank you for being kind and loving us by giving. Its been tough. Your generosity makes life much easier. Spent many hours in and out of doctors and specialist offices recently. Nathan has begun some therapies to help him cope better with the effects of Complex Developmental Trauma. He has been happier this week. Layla is seeing a neuro-opthalmologist for MRI & EGG. Single parenting is not for the faint hearted. But God is GOOD!

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    Supporters

    14

    • Marisa Steyn

      Marisa Steyn

      Sep 11, 2018

      Shen you remain an inspiration. Lots of love! X

      £50.00

    • Nikki

      Nikki

      Sep 2, 2018

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 14, 2018

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 13, 2018

      £50.00

    • Leandra Hajzer

      Leandra Hajzer

      Aug 13, 2018

      You are a brave strong woman and the best mamma for your kids. Xx

      £30.00

    • Melanie Witthuhn

      Melanie Witthuhn

      Aug 12, 2018

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 11, 2018

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