Clare found St Michael's was 'a haven for young mothers' in 1984
When my parents found out I was pregnant, they said I’d I have to move out if I was going to have a baby. It was 1984 and I was just 18. I found out about St Michael’s and my son was born a month after I moved in.
I have the fondest memories of that haven for young mothers, house manager Sue, and the supportive, non-judgemental environment. I credit St Michael’s with helping me to become the mother and person I am.
After I left with my baby, I worked in the civil service until I had my daughter Karis. Then at 28 I went to university before joining the probation service.
I now work in housing for a local authority, and also offer supported housing for young women leaving the care system – I’d always wanted to give something back.
In 2014 I got in touch with St Michael’s and offered to help fundraise by running the London Marathon. I still get emotional when I think of Sue, who is now the Director, waiting for me that day at the finishing line. It was a wonderful surprise and lovely end to an amazing day. Clare
A gift in your will
We've been supporting local families since 1903. As times have changed, so have we, but the safeguarding and nurturing of children remains at the heart of everything we do. A gift in your will is an amazing chance to help St Michael's Fellowship achieve our vision of supporting more families to give their children the best chance in life.
You don't need to have a huge estate to make a big difference. Your gift could transform lives for a whole family, and break the cycle of poverty that could otherwise be passed down to children and grandchildren.
By leaving a gift to St Michael’s in your Will, you can help us to support more parents like Clare to give their children a happy, secure childhood and a bright future.
Why you should make a Will
Your Will tells everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property—your estate — after you die. If you don't leave a Will, the law decides how your estate is divided up – and this might not be what you wanted. In your Will, you also decide who administers your affairs after your death.