July 2018 marks PCC(S)’s 42nd year supporting women and families across Edinburgh. To celebrate we will be sharing testimonials from our clients throughout the month. Today we will be sharing something slightly different – Sylvia is a Social Worker and shared this story with us about one of our clients who used our practical help service. 

Dear PCC(S),

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how very important your service has been to a young mum you offered so much support to several weeks ago.

Danielle was a young 16-year-old girl who has concealed her pregnancy from the world right until she was due to give birth. When I became involved with Dani it was only days away from giving birth, had attended no antenatal classes and had not managed, due to financial hardship, to get in any necessary baby equipment.

Danielle was facing eviction from her home and the possibility of her not being allowed to take her baby home from the hospital due to the nature of the circumstances was very real. I made a call to your services after discovering a leaflet and within days you had offered a full supply of baby goods which indeed would meet every need the baby had from birth to several months old.

It is difficult to express in words the look on Danielle’s face when I gave her all the baby things you had supplied. She was completely overwhelmed by this generous act and cannot thank you enough. Dani had a little boy who was very healthy and I can tell you Danielle was able to take her baby home from the hospital without any problems as she had all the necessary things to care for him adequately. Her housing issues resolved, she now thrives as a young mum and I know this situation may have had very different outcomes had your service for being so generous and able to meet this urgent request.

Danielle, her baby and I would like to thank you for your assistance.

Last year PCC(S) gave out over 400 packs of baby clothes and equipment. If you would like to support our service you can make a donation to us through MyDonate, or you could always donate your old baby clothes and equipment. You can see the full list of items we accept here

*All names have been changed to protect the anonymity of our clients.