Steven* is eight years old. Kind, caring and generous – he felt the weight of responsibility for his younger brother Ben*. This nearly crushed him when they both suffered severe neglect. Locked in a bedroom for months and treated like animals – their only contact was food pushed around the bedroom door before it was slammed and bolted again. Thankfully, Steven and Ben were discovered and removed to a safe environment. But Steven’s head was packed with horrible memories – he couldn’t concentrate and felt full of fear and anger.

Gradually, thanks to counselling and creative art therapy, Steven opened up and was able to share his experiences and his worries for the future. Today, this lovely caring boy can play with his friends, interact with adults and still be big brother to Ben. Trust remains a major problem – but he is beginning to try, one day at a time.

£20 will give a child hope.

Steven isn’t a one-off. Every week, thanks to your generosity, Fegans helps as many as 400 children and young people find hope through professional 1:1 counselling.

But let’s not stop there. Let’s work together to tackle this crisis. Together we can reach twice as many children. If each person reading this letter donates £10, together we could replace despair with hope for 800 children every single week.

Be part of the solution.

Your gift will mean that children like Steven are given the chance to be a child, not a statistic.

Thank you. Your support is transforming children’s lives.

Ian Soars, Chief Executive Officer, Fegans

*Name and image changed for client confidentiality