After Jane’s husband committed suicide in front of her, she turned to drugs in order to cope. As her habit spiralled, Jane ended up prostituting herself on the streets of Surrey to feed her addiction. Her mental and physical health deteriorated so much that she was taken into hospital – where she ended up in a coma and on life support.

This was her “internal break” – Jane realised it was her time to turn things around. She went into a dry house to help get sober, and this is where BCHA found her and offered her a home.

She now hasn’t had a drink for almost 11 years, and she’s begun writing as a healing process – and helping others to write.

Jane’s piece of advice for changemaking:

“Take things one day at a time”

  • £5 can provide a bus fare for a day to access activities and appointments
  • £60 can provide a new outfit for a person coming to us from the street with no clothing other than what they come in wearing.
  • £1,000 keeps a Rough Sleeper in emergency accommodation for a month
  • £5,000 would buy 60 starter packs for customers moving into a new home, which would include, kitchen starter set, dinner set, Bathroom towel set, duvet, pillows, full bedding set
  • £10,000 would currently cover the interest cost on a private finance loan of around £333,000 that could fund the building of around three new homes