Your Christmas gift
My name is Darren. I want to tell you my story and how Mencap helped me escape loneliness.
When I was two my mum left me abandoned on the street in the snow. I don’t like to think about it, but when I do I feel sad. I lived in lots of different institutions as I grew up. I was alone and down, until I met my partner Trace in 1993.
I loved Trace, we had a great life together and we were happy. We got engaged and moved in together. Those were the happiest days of my life.
But when Trace passed away in 2008, I was lonelier than ever, and fell into a deep depression. I was really unhappy and would just sit at home all day on my own until I found Mencap.
Coming to Mencap means I have friends and people to talk to now, and I can get help with any problems I have. They’ve helped me with everything from healthy eating to expressing my feelings. And they were there for me during lockdown when I had nobody else.
This Christmas there are thousands of people like Darren across the UK with absolutely nobody to talk to. You can help give them a brighter future this Christmas with a gift of hope today.