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Closed 01/03/2020

raised of £10,000 target by 18 supporters

    Weʼve raised £272 to Help our family secure a permanent childhood home.

    Funded on Sunday, 1st March 2020

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    I’m aware of how our story could be read but I’m also unable to stop trying to find an answer for the sake of my children. I want for them to have a future without any more loss - and the house they live in to be their permanent childhood home.

    Scarlett is 8 years old, Sienna is 7 and between them they have moved house 12 times. In 2015 at the age of 5 and 4 my girls endured mine and their Dad’s separation and divorce. In October 2017 we learned their Dad had cancer. 2 weeks later he was too ill to care for the girls and in November we were told his cancer was aggressive - his cancer was terminal. The conversation that followed with Scarlett & Sienna was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had. Their Dad passed away very shortly after his 35th Birthday and Scarlett’s 7th Birthday on 6th January 2018 without any ‘time’ for the news to sink. A turbulent, emotionally exhausting time followed.

    The girls welcomed their new baby sister just six weeks after their Dad passed. Just over 1 year has passed (2 more house moves were done in the 12 months that followed) and we have learned the house we have lived in now for under 2 months (we have a 6 month tenancy) is going to be sold. Our landlady cant give exact timescales but has been honest and upfront in saying within 2 years. Obviously any penny we can save is being saved.

    I don’t want to have them move house a 13th time. They haven’t experienced a ‘home’ for more than 12 months at a time. They are loved beyond measure and now more than ever they need to experience stability. We are forever stuck renting a property and have encountered no end of bad luck and house moves resulting in being unable to provide them with a solid base to experience childhood from as we feel they should.

    Myself and partner live together with Scarlett, Sienna and Violet in a modest terraced 3 bed house in Holmfirth. We want to be able to buy the house we currently rent and provide them with the stability they deserve. This could be a wonderful chance to give them that happiness. They’ve had a rough start and I want to make sure they don’t have to carry on being uprooted.

    I appreciate this may be an extremely long shot but feel theres no harm in trying. I am actively trying to better my employed position to enable us to save more than not a lot. Circumstances beyond anyone’s control have left us struggling to give the girls what we feel they need.

    We are doing all we can to make this happen ourselves - but...if you would like to help in giving us the biggest break we could wish for, I would be beyond grateful for even the smallest amount to help towards securing an amount that we can use towards a house deposit.

    If you would like to ask me absolutely anything at all about this I’d be very happy to answer. I would do absolutley anything to make their home a permanent one - this is just one more way of ensuring I’ve ticked every box in trying to raise the necessary funds, whether it works a little or a lot or not.

    Dawn x



    • Dawn Riley-Drake1 year ago
      Dawn Riley-Drake

      Dawn Riley-Drake

      1 year ago

      I’d like to say thank you to those who have read, shared, sent messages of support and given their money. It looks as if donations have slowly trickled to a stop. This was expected after the negative response received after the Examiner published the story..The negativity will not make me remove my page, nor make me rise to the criticism. If this page remains at 2% and gets no further I will still be incredibly grateful to those who have supported this plight to try and secure this house for my babies. Unheard of doesn’t mean impossible X

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    • Dawn Riley-Drake2 years ago
      Dawn Riley-Drake

      Dawn Riley-Drake

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      In 4 days I’d say that’s a pretty big deal, right? I think it is. Thank you to all that have helped by giving and sharing, your kindness is very much appreciated xx

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    • Rowena CHANTLER

      Rowena CHANTLER

      Apr 20, 2019

      Thank for the school uniform much appreciated X

    • Carrie


      Mar 13, 2019

      Saw your story in the news and it touched me. Every child deserves a home and no mum needs to watch her daughter's upped sticks (alongside yourselves!) So regularly. Good luck to you all! XXX


    • Ann Regan

      Ann Regan

      Mar 9, 2019

      Good luck love.


    • Anonymous


      Mar 9, 2019


    • Debbie Howard

      Debbie Howard

      Mar 9, 2019

      Read about your family in the Examiner. You all look so lovely. Your story is very genuine. I sincerely hope this helps you to get on the property ladder. Good luck xxx


    • Carol Frankland

      Carol Frankland

      Mar 9, 2019

      Good luck.


    • Anonymous


      Mar 8, 2019

      Good luck x


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