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“Ethan is 5 years old.”

He lives with his mum Amy in supported housing. Amy is a young mother and had fled previous domestic violence from her mother’s partner in their family home.

On Christmas morning, Ethan woke up to presents from Father Christmas, and enjoyed a Christmas lunch with his mum. St Vincent’s had given Amy a hamper of food with Christmas treats, and gifts that Ethan would enjoy.

Without this support, Amy would have been unable to afford gifts for Ethan. Amy had told her support worker that she was considering taking Ethan to spend Christmas in their family home. Despite the risk of violence to herself, Amy knew that Ethan would have presents to open there.

Without worrying about how she would afford food and the gifts Amy wanted her son to receive, the pressure was reduced and Ethan had a calm, trouble free Christmas playing with his mum.