Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

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.

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 somewhere 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.

Money for Vet Bills

7th September 2017

Tracy has been living in poverty for a long time. Her partner was killed in a road accident a few years ago. She has a few dogs who are really her family now. She has recently become a Christian and feels so welcomed and accepted in her Church. She says she was an Atheist for years and had no idea God existed. Her whole life is beginning to change. This gift from Acts is a wonderful part of her story.

Family in Need

7th September 2017

It was such a joy to be able to give this recently bereaved gentleman the finance to purchase school clothing for his three under 11 year old children.
Having lost his wife a year ago he was finding it difficult to keep going but he is now working with Christians Against Poverty and is looking forward to being debt free in a few years time. His daughters excitement at being told she could now have some new shoes, those she has been wearing are really too small, was truly infectious.
The lift and encouragement this gift made was clear in the smiles and expressions of 'this is just amazing.' What a difference knowing people care makes!

Acts 435 changes lives

27th August 2017

J has 3 teenage daughters. Her 15 year old twins have mild learning difficulties. Just after her husband left her the owner of her private let sold the house. The 4 of them were put in 1 room in a hotel and all their belongings were put in 2 storage units. J then went sick from work with the stress of it all..When a Salvation Army Officer referred J to me she had been temporarily rehoused but could not afford a man and a van to retrieve their belongings. The 3 girls were sleeping on 1 double mattress and J on a blow up bed. The house had no fridge, cooker or curtains. I put 3 requests on line for J and in a week they were met. We got their furniture back and a second hand cooker, fridge and curtains. When I visited again a week later the place was a home and J was hoping to return to work. She looked a different person, so relaxed and happy. She gave me a wonderful thank you card which I wish I could show all the donors who helped change 4 lives so quickly.

From fear to confidence

21st August 2017

When we first met L nearly 2 years ago, she was so nervous she would visibly shake when anyone talked to her. She made the brave step to admit she needed help with money management and debt and started working with our Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre.
The situation at home deteriorated and she was forced to move out into a women's refuge.
Now 10 months on, L. has moved into a lovely flat with her two children.
In addition to some furniture and equipment donated by people from our church, Acts 435 donations have meant that she has been able to buy school uniform for her children and a washing machine.
L has just come to see me to thank me for all your help. She cannot believe how kind people have been to her - a complete stranger. She says everyone in her life so far has wanted something from her or taken things from her, but now she knows there are still kind people out there! All this was said in a confident and articulate way. Last week she even prayed out loud in church - in front of more that 100 people.
The change in her is amazing - and continuing. Thank you!

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!

Changing Lives

15th August 2017

We (Chritians Against Poverty) first met P last autumn when he was in debt and about to be evicted. He was almost monosyllabic, depressed, not motivated to wash, cook, no gas for heat and really was at an all time low. Since then we have seen him blossom as his debts were dealt with, rent was paid, gas was restored, bereavement counselling started and continues and he now smiles when we meet up with him for coffee! Not having to save up over months for a Debt Relief Order has lifted a burden from him that really shows so thank you so much to all who donate to Acts 435, it really does change lives!

A fresh start

14th August 2017

After years of domestic abuse this client was struggling just to wake up in the morning.
Finally away from her ex-partner, she was trying to get her life sorted with various supporting agencies. When we were looking at her finances we discovered there was a lot of debt that he had incurred that she wasn't even aware of! The Debt Relief Order gives her the opportunity to start fresh, and has found Jesus.
With everything moving forward she has a much happier future and determined to help other women of domestic abuse.

New Single Mum

14th August 2017

Our client has been receiving on going support from us as she was living in a hostel and needed desperately to move before the arrival of her new baby. With the help from Acts 435 she has successfully moved & settled in and not long followed by the birth of her daughter. We continue to give her support in budgeting and ensuring she has the basics met while her benefits are being sorted.
Thank you to those that contributed to being able to sort a fridge freezer & cooker!
God bless,
Nancy

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!

Emergency toilet repair

25th July 2017

Kay was devastated by the toilet breaking a few weeks ago. It had literally broken away from the wall and cracked. She was travelling to town to use the public toilets there. It has been wonderful to organise a new toilet to be delivered and installed for her. She was overwhelmed by the generosity of your donations. What a relief!

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.

Thank you for helping to get our car back on the road

10th July 2017

Thank you for helping get the car back on the road. This is essential for Emma's work as a nurse and through your generosity she did not have to miss a shift. She is so grateful - thank you. It is such an encouragement to a single mum that there are people who really care and want to extend love and encouragement when sometimes life seems so hard.

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.

Acts 435 the only possibility

20th June 2017

J sends his grateful thanks to the donors enabling him to travel from Cornwall to Bristol for mandatory employment training before he is able to start the job. Being on JSA (Job Seekers Allowance) and the government being able to give no help, Acts 435 was the only possibility open to him and you so kindly raised the money in record time.
Thank you for giving J the opportunity to move forward.

Sound Sleep for Mum and Baby

12th June 2017

Following an abusive childhood D had been in care until she was 17, and then entered into an abusive relationship - resulting in a one year old baby. After support and counselling she has now moved into her own flat and Acts 435 have enabled her to have a cot bed (which will last several years) and a bed for herself. Let's hope she sleeps peacefully and safely in her new bed, and the baby does likewise!

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.

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