A huge heartfelt thank you goes out to Anne, sarah, Jules, Shaz, Betty and Nick for your generosity and your readiness to help our friend Joy. So far we have succeeded in raising £115 which will enable the family to secure food whilst Joy is receiving chemotherapy. I will leave this fundraiser open until lunch time on Monday in case anyone else feels moved to donate. After this time I will transfer the money over to Uganda. For those of you who may not have read Joy’s Storey, please check out my current pin post. The more donations I receive for this wonderfully brave lady the more comfortable I can make her current situation.

Today I received The following message from my friend Gideon.

“Joy is a mother of 3 teenage daughters: Immaculate Hosana, Linda Bahati and Debora Bahati. She and’’ her daughters fled to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2010. They have been living in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp ever since. Her husband was killed in the war that led to their flight to safety in 2010.

In  November 2021, aged just 42, Joy was  diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then she has been receiving chemotherapy treatment on a regular basis. This means that she has been unable to work to support the family. There has been a steep increase in the cost of food in Uganda over the past few months. So it is that the family find themselves in a precarious position. It is this that has driven them to ask for help.”

Having been diagnosed with non-curative cancer myself in November 2020, and having been made only too aware of the horrible side effects  caused by regular chemotherapy sessions, Joy’s situation has struck a particularly sensitive chord with me. Nobody should have to endure the rigours of chemotherapy whilst simultaneously worrying about where their next meal is coming from!

I would like to support Joy and her daughters through this particularly tough time by raising sufficient funds for them to obtain food for the next three months. If you would like to help by making a donation I would be extremely grateful. If you wish to help me in my mission  to support this family please feel free to use my PayPal link which is heuls_12@bt internet.com, or message me for details of my displaced families bank account. I also have copies of her medical papers if anybody wishes to see them. Thank you for whatever you feel able to do to help. But for circumstance of birth this could so easily have  been me.

Heulwen