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This Christmas, Fiona and her son will wake up feeling unsafe

Fiona and her young son left their home in 2010, fleeing domestic abuse.

Things got worse when Fiona’s new landlord passed away and his family took the house, forcing her to move again. The flat was too small for her and her son, and the stressful living situation aggravated the mental health struggles she’d suffered with while in an abusive relationship.

With your support, Fiona can have the kind of Christmas we all look forward to

Unable to work and living on just £80 a week statutory sick pay, Fiona was forced to move into her 70-year-old mother’s one bedroom flat. Fiona had to share a bed with her teenage son, while her elderly mum slept on the sofa. This is when she contacted Shelter for support.

‘I just felt helpless,’ Fiona says. ‘I kept going down different routes and tried everything. I tried the council, every local estate agent. I felt very abandoned and like I had no choice.’

Fiona has been moved to temporary accommodation in an East London industrial estate where she awaits a permanent home. But she still needs Shelter’s help. There’s no street lighting and someone was stabbed and killed nearby, so she fears for her son’s safety. She feels she has a long struggle ahead of her.

But together, we can get Fiona and her son back to a good place.


Story image - Fiona
I loved Christmas as a kid and now, every year, I say to myself that this year was rubbish and next year is going to be great – but I’m still homeless.


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