Why we're supporting Teardrops
Read about how CEO of Changing Events, our event planner, almost became homeless.
Even the most secure situations can turn bleak in a blink of an eye.
Did you know that 300,000 people in Britain are now homeless? Think this won’t ever happen to you? Think again.
In the start of 2015 I had everything I’d ever wanted, a gorgeous, happy and healthy daughter, the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and the family home I’d envisioned in my mind since I was a child.
Then in 5 short months that all changed.
In the space of two hours on Sunday 24 May 2015 I discovered my fiancé had met someone else (we were due to be married Friday 29 May 2015) and I was being told to move out of our family home. I became a single mum with very little options and even less money. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I was then informed I was going to be made redundant from the job I’d held for 3 and half years.
I had hit rock bottom and then fell a few feet deeper.
For the first time in my life I was facing the very real and very terrifying prospect of being homeless. Suddenly all the people I had walked past in doorways in my life came flashing back to me, the look of hopelessness on their faces, my prejudged cynical view of them just being drug addicts and no hopers who couldn’t be bothered to try and better themselves. The guilt I felt was equally as overpowering as the fear.
I decided from that moment that if I can get myself out of this situation then I would do whatever I possibly can to help others get out of that situation too.
It was a long painful road but I made it, I managed to get together the money I needed to put a deposit on a house to rent and I was able to give my daughter safe, secure place for us to call home. I then decided to set up my own business so I can not only be more in control of my life but also be able to put my skills to use to help others.
None of this would’ve been possible without the help and support of friends and my family (albeit they are in London and I’m in Southport!). My daughter and I stayed in friends spare rooms, housed the few bits of furniture we had in peoples garages and sheds whilst I worked on the plan to get us out of this mess. A mess I must add that was through no fault of my own.
So what did I learn from this life changing experience?
That no matter what your situation is, at this moment in time, it can all change and it is down to how you deal with it mentally that will get you through it. I very nearly gave my child up and put her into care because I couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to provide for her. I spent more days and nights than I care to remember, contemplating the worst, so I get it. I get how quickly life can change and I understand how easy it is to give up and feel there is no hope. But there is hope and I for one will do EVERYTHING I can to give even just one person that hope back.
That is why when ADR Mediation came to me to ask me to help them plan and manage their gala dinner to raise funds for Teardrops and Cystic Fibrosis, I jumped at the opportunity. At the heart of my business is to give back and provide opportunities for those who may never have them, this is an event I am honoured to be part of.
Of course this is just a short insight into what I went through, the story has a lot more twists and turns but the point is this, when you walk past a homeless person don’t judge. You never know what their story is.
So please help us to help others.
Its team of volunteers works in deprived areas giving support and advice to the homeless, rough sleepers and the vulnerable.
The charity operates a night café for homeless people in St Helens, has outreach and crisis intervention programmes and helps people looking for employment as well as offering resettlement support.
Kim, managing director of ADR Mediation and Training CIC who was brought up in Billinge, near St Helens, said: “The work that Teardrops carried out in the area is tremendously important. It is changing lives.
“It supports the homeless and provides opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential and it needs funds to continue to help vulnerable people. It’s also the type of organisation that Laura would have been determined to support and help.”