Family Update

It is Monday night and over the past few days, the life of the family that I wrote about last week has remarkably improved. First there is gas, so hot water, heating and a functioning hob. Still no doors on the kitchen cupboards but now they are filling up thanks to the generosity of the TLC network; chopping boards, plates, bowls, cutlery and food delivered on Sunday- along with bags of toys and clothes, and two footballs. I felt like Father Christmas! (which, if you have been reading the blog for a while, you will know made me feel particularly happy!)

The kids have school and nursery places, hopefully starting this week, thanks to a conversation with the headteacher of the school my kids go to. This means the boys will get a hot lunch each day, and more importantly their education can resume and future prospects will improve. 

A dining table and chairs, thanks to someone in The Real Junk Food Project network, will hopefully be delivered on Wednesday. 

I feel humbled at the generosity of my friends and those who have read the blog and responded. I feel proud that we have managed to help a family smile and see a future together in Leeds, and I feel angry that this all happened in the first place. 

TLC will be open on Wednesday, 10-12.30. I wonder what stories will be shared, and whose lives we will connect with this week…

published by Anna Dyson
Founder and Director of ToastLoveCoffee. CEO of Dyson family, Roundhay (Leeds) branch which involves a huge array of skills impossible to imagine or articulate! Formerly, Jewish educator and community professional.


  1. posted by Eleanor Gibson on Reply

    So lovely to hear this Anna, a really good Easter story in a world of not so good news at times. What a shining light your help must have been to this family. Easter Blessings to you all. x

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