Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

Published a book

10th November 2017

This donation went to support one of our people who has had an incredibly difficult life. She was addicted to many substances and working the streets 6 years ago when we first new her. She is now well on the way to a more stable life and that has meant that dreams that she has held are coming to fruition. With the help of a lot of people through crowd funding, Acts 435 the kindness of a publisher and in illustrator Liz has now fulfilled one of those dreams by becoming a published author of a children's book. We're so grateful to Acts 435 donors for their support.

Double Blessing

24th October 2017

P was left homeless after being institutionalised and the council repossessed his flat. Of Italian descent he had no family to sort out his belongings so they were "dumped" and he was left with literally nothing.
He was overwhelemed by the kindness of strangers who responded to his Acts 435 request,and was given Asda vouchers so he can choose goods which are a priority to him, and choose the designs etc. This is so empowering to someone who has been powerless for two years.That is blessing number one.
The second blessing is he has asked to be directed to the nearest church as he wants to offer to volunteer and to seek to know more of God. Heartfelt thanks to the donor (s).

Activity regained

23rd October 2017

C had a stroke and from being very active found herself extremely restricted. Through help and encouragement she is regaining her confidence and is not letting her problems hold her back. She tried a friend's scooter and felt she would be confident enough to have one. Through the help of Acts 435 donors, and help from the church we bought her one. Her life has been revolutionised. She is whizzing about shopping and visiting and is a joy to behold. Thank you so very much.

ACTS 435 made all the difference

18th October 2017

M, an elderly lady of 76, lived with her daughter but was threatened with homelessness when the landlord sold the property. Because of financial difficulties, she was not able to continue living with her daughter who was moving into a motorhome. At the last minute she was offered a bungalow which needed decorating, which we did. However, it had a concrete floor which was cold and dusty. This wouldn't have helped her severe asthma. We applied to Acts435 who generously donated £120 for carpets which were then fitted to the living room, bedroom and hallway, transforming her little bungalow into a warm and comfortable home. Thank you to those who gave so generously. I only wish you could see the difference it has made to her.

Starting School

4th October 2017

Our client's children faced a new school year without full uniform, due to a problem with family payments being stopped during a time of re-assessment. The decision to suspend payments all together whilst the family payments were adjusted downwards had a huge knock on effect as money planned to be spent on school uniforms towards the end of school holidays was unavailable. The policy to suspend payments for weeks at a time put enormous financial and psychological pressure on this single parent. This current policy around benefit calculations also meant one of our client's children started high school without the proper school uniform, having a huge and negative impact on what should have been a significant and exciting transition from primary to secondary school. The money donated through Act 435 meant that all the children now have full school uniforms, proper fitting shoes and most importantly higher self esteem through the generosity of Acts 435 donors. God bless you!

Fitting of carpets

29th September 2017

This was our first request. Jane made contact with us when suffering with asthma and a cold flat due to no flooring. The bear concrete flooring was unsitely, cold and the dust aggravated her asthma. Being on low income she could not afford carpets. Her neighbour recently passed away and the family donated the carpets to Jane in thanks for being such a good neighbour. Generous Acts435 donors gave £100 for the carpets to be fitted. The carpets have transformed Janes flat into a warm and welcoming home, and bought warmth into her life in many ways.

Relief At Sorting Out The School Uniform

15th August 2017

Different things causes stress to different people. One of our Clients at the Selby & District Foodbank was stressing out about getting the compulsory uniform for her two children. A new uniform is being introduced from September at the School where her two children attend. Mother had probably left it too late to ask at the School for assistance and this was only one of the family's many issues, although one of the main stress factors at this time. Mother was concerned that the children would look "different" if not in uniform and of possible consequences by the children not adhering to the School uniform rules. We decided to ask for help from Acts435 and the response was superb and immediate. One of our Volunteers accompanied the family to the School Uniform Shop and the compulsory part of the uniform was ordered and purchased. Stress removed and relief all round! Who is to judge what causes one person stress compared to another? Acts 435 has done it again!

More than just money, but a servant heart

9th August 2017

Charlotte arrived at our CAP Job Club a few months ago broken and lacking any confidence in herself. We discovered that she was helping to care for her sister's children while her sister was undergoing radiotherapy and that her washing machine was broken so we submitted an Acts 435 application for her to buy a replacement machine. In the mean time we enrolled Charlotte in our free counselling service and began helping build up her self-esteem. After meeting with her yesterday to hand over the wonderful Acts 435 gift she said that she would like to give back by volunteering with our Foodbank team and coming along to the CAP Job Club to help make toasted sandwiches for our clients. Thank you Acts 435 community for helping to turn Charlotte's life around!

Social and secure

21st July 2017

P's life has not been easy. Much of it has been spent looking after her parents to the detriment of her own life.
Through owning a scooter in later life she managed to get to a craft club we run and made friends. She is now an active member of the church with a social life.
The independence the scooter brings cannot be imagined and the loss of it would have been life changing.
Not being able to secure it was a concern which is now sorted through the generous donors of Acts 435.
Thank you very much.

Mother stays by her son's hospital bedside.

7th July 2017

D's son was involved in a critical car accident. He is on life support and there has been brain damaged. D is a single mum on benefits and the hospital is 2 hours away. She needed money to help with transport.
The appeal was achieved in just a few days.
D's son will be in hospital for some time.
This money has offered D real hope and reassurance. She is surrounded by a wall of prayer here and the support of the chaplaincy team. It means so much to her. In this dark time the love of neighbours means so much. Thank you.

Could You Or I Live In A Van?

6th July 2017

Acts 435, through the generosity of its donors, has helped a lady who is living in a van, through no fault of her own. She had to leave the house she rented and started to live in her van. There were no family members who wanted to assist her. She has no recourse to public funds as yet - at least two months on.
The cooking and living equipment the Selby & District Foodbank bought on her behalf through your donations will make a real difference, on a daily basis, to this intelligent and caring lady.She does not fit the criteria of the majority of people we have recently been helping at the Foodbank. In other words, it could have been you or it could have been me. "Food for thought" as they say, which is quite ironic in the circumstances.

Peace of Mind

25th May 2017

Peace of Mind

Des is a vulnerable adult who is housed by a Christian supported housing charity. Due to recent changes at the DWP Des has been left without income through no fault of his own. Understandably, this caused Des a great deal of stress and anxiety, worrying about not being able to keep on top of his rent payments and contributions to utilities. We approached Acts 435 regarding Des's situation, and before long £45 was contributed in order to cover Des's rent and utilities for the period of time he was without income. This has helped reduce Des's stress and anxiety, and has enabled him to continue working as a volunteer at a charity shop, safe in the knowledge that his accommodation was secured.

A New Home

19th May 2017

A New Home

Jim is a man with a new lightness in his step. He first came to us for food 2 years ago; when he was relying on friends for a bed at night. He has suffered with Illness, which led to unemployment and depression. Recently however, he came to us tired but happy that he had been offered a flat after 2 years of sofa surfing and relying on friends. Now with a proper address he was able to access benefits again. However, the flat was completely empty and he had little money to spare after moving in. Friends helped with the smaller bits and pieces but the Acts 435 grant enabled him to choose the larger items he needed. With careful buying from a second hand shop the result is amazing. As he says he now has a HOME.
He is a man transformed and shares his story with everyone, showing them photographs and inviting them round for a cup of tea. He has learnt to laugh once more.

Sara, the local Advocate, went out to see him again recently, to take the picture below;

"I have been to see James today and he is still very grateful for the help he received from Acts 435. He proudly showed me round his flat and pointed out the items he had bought with the grant - amazing how far it went!! He was more than happy for his photo to be used on the website if it would encourage others to help those in need. I am going to give him a framed copy of the photo for his wall to go with the only two family ones he has which are so very precious to him.
We prayed for his dog,Skye,who sadly has cancer but still enjoyed a walk by the river this morning."

Life Changing Gift

13th April 2017

Life Changing Gift

Karen, our Advocate in Cornwall writes; I was heartbroken to hear the story of a couple who describe themselves as 'white refugees.' W and G are UK citizens who have recently returned to the UK after living in South Africa. They had to leave because there was no employment and they simply couldn't survive. They are living with W's brother in Cornwall; it is a difficult situation because the brother is self employed and not getting much work. They are desperate for money just to live and their benefits claim could take 3 months to be assessed.
Feeling utterly despondent, D and W were led to Transformation CPR and Centenary Methodist Church. Joining me for Tea & Toast, they told me this had been a 'life saving and life changing experience.' They had been 'welcomed with open arms and shown true Christian love.'

The £100 they received through Acts 435 was used to purchase toiletries (supplemented by CPR Foodbank), for essential travel to appointments e.g. Jobcentre, and to pay for W's essential prescriptions. It was a lifeline to them.

Brenden's Story

3rd November 2017

Brenden moved into the area when his previous flat was vandalised and all his belongings destroyed and stolen. His new flat was unfurnished and the money from Acts 435 helped to buy him a bed and microwave so he could cook and sleep.

This has elevated his depression and give him some self-worth. Thank you again for your help which is greatly appreciated.

One very smart boy.

25th October 2017

What a joy it was to take this mum and son out and purchase all that was needed for him to start school. There was much excitement from both mum and son. The money covered enough for him to have a special lunch box too!
Thank you to all who supported this request.

An answer to prayer

11th October 2017

This CAP client, J, had only £160 available to cover her heating, food (gluten free) and general living expenses for a month. She had no heating oil in her tank. She is a believer. She was therefore grateful for my offer to post a request on the Acts 435 website. The next day she read from her daily reading /prayer box Philippines 4 v 4 and v 19 - 'Rejoice in the Lord always' and 'My God will supply all your needs'. A little while later she was delighted when I rang her to tell her that the money had been donated and we were able to order a supply of oil and she was able to buy gluten free food.

Car Repairs

2nd October 2017

I would like to say a massive thank you to those who have helped me again.
I got my car fixed so am able to take my boys to school.
I could not of done it without the kindness of you.
I am so very touched at how kind and caring you are and I hope that day I am in a position to help others the same as you have helped me.
Thank you to Lewis for asking for the help for me I am forever grateful.
God bless each and every one of you.
Kirsty and family xx

from floor to ceiling

26th September 2017

S and her three children had NOTHING at all and were sleeping on the floor in their dressing gowns.
The £120 donation bought a second hand suite and two second hand double beds AND bedding! She had second hand duvets and pillows given.
So they literally went from sitting and sleeping on the floor, to having somewhwere to sit and sleep - and their happiness at such basic items we take for granted saw them nearly jumping to the ceiling!
What an amazing difference can be made to peoples' lives!

School Uniform

14th September 2017

E was quite emotional when she learned that complete strangers cared enough to give money to her request and would like to thank everybody who gave the money towards the school uniform. This lady is trying hard to control her debts and thought that the extra expense of buying school uniform for her daughter to go comprehensive school was adding to her worries. School uniform as every parent knows is such a big expense and it is compulsory in most schools.

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