Stories

We hear hundreds of stories from single parents each year. Read some of these stories here, using our topic filter to help you find stories that are relevant to you.

Single Parent History: the history of Gingerbread

Posted 14 March 2022

by Professor Patricia M. Thane, visiting Professor in History at Birkbeck, University of London, and the author of a number of works including ‘Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England’, a history of Gingerbread...

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Single Parent History – The Foundling Hospital

Posted 1 March 2022

By Dr Sue Jones. Sue has taught at Birkbeck, University of London and University of Plymouth. She lives a double life, researching seventeenth century piracy and working in the Gingerbread advice team. The novels of Charles...

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Single Parent History: Lady Anne Clifford – historic legal battles, philanthropy and independence

Posted 21 February 2022

By Dr Sue Jones. Sue has taught at Birkbeck, University of London and University of Plymouth. She lives a double life, researching seventeenth century piracy and working in the Gingerbread advice team. As you enter Brougham Castle in Cumbria you see a memorial. This was erected in 1656 by Lady Anne Clifford in commemoration of the last time she saw her mother, Margaret. As a single parent...

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From Raise100 to Run the Boundary

Posted 10 February 2022

Four years into my single parent journey, an email landed in my inbox asking me to take part in Gingerbread’s centenary celebrations and I knew we had to get involved. I found Gingerbread in the toughest...

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Vikas’ single parent story

Posted 17 August 2021

I’m originally from India and have been now living in London for 17 years. Once I settled in London, I had an arranged marriage and my wife came over from India (arranged marriages in India...

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Vikas' single dad story - Vikas and his daughter play with toys in a tent