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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.

Our holiday as a single-parent family

Posted 16 July 2018

Single mum of three, Sally, recently booked a holiday with the support of a Family Fund Grant. Here, she discusses the highlights and challenges of her time in Rye. I’m Sally, and for almost three years,...

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A child's teddy bear sits inside a suitcase.

Building Family Adventures by Cris Thompson

Posted 3 April 2018

There are 3 of us; in ascending order, E is 8 and lives in an amazing world of his imagination.  L is 11 and is a Minecraft Redstone Master, Cris (me) is a computer programmer....Enter ‘Ethan The Explorer’ I remembered the stories I used to make up for the kids about ‘Ethan The Explorer’ and his cousin ‘Clever Chloe the Scientist’ – Chloe invented a time machine, so there were...

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Separating from a violent partner

Posted 3 April 2018

Single mum Dani talks about her experience of leaving an abusive relationship, and her advice for those who find themselves in a similar situation. In February 2012, my daughter was 5 months old. Her Dad was...

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Why I support Gingerbread by Robert Peston

Posted 25 February 2018

Robert Peston is voicing our BBC Radio 4 appeal. Here’s why he is supporting Gingerbread: https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Robert-Peston-Gingerbread-appeal.mp3 Transcript: Hello I’m Robert Peston. Now, I became a single parent a few years ago when my wife died of cancer. My...

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Getting a degree as a single parent

Posted 1 February 2018

When she became a single parent at 24, Aileen was faced with a tough decision – take any job to get by, or study and strive to achieve her dream? Read about Aileen’s journey as...

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Single and pregnant at work

Posted 4 December 2017

Edith realised she was pregnant shortly after a tragic event. She discusses how the support of her friends and family helped her navigate pregnancy, and gives advice to any single mother who finds themselves juggling...

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Managing anxieties about money in the build-up to Christmas

Posted 4 December 2017

Single mum Aisling shares her tips on having Christmas celebrations that don’t break the bank. Christmas is fast approaching and it is impossible to avoid the jingly adverts and packed shelves in shops. Although many families...Children don’t remember ‘stuff’ When they are older, children will no more remember with disappointment the presents they received during a ‘lean’ Christmas then they will remember with joy the more expensive gifts they received during...

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Presents in front of Christmas lights

From Flying Low to Flying High. How being a single parent on holiday inspired me to write children’s books by Denise Drew.

Posted 28 November 2017

I became a single parent through divorce when my daughter had just turned two years old. My husband had been having an affair and walked out. At the time, I’d been with him nearly half...We didn’t go on holiday for a few years due to mainly fear and affordability. My daughter had started school and a friend had found a cheap deal to Centre Parcs. She asked if I...We have a pet cat that’s also included in the stories – he’s part of our small family. I have now written a second story ‘The Adventures of Jilly and June in India’ and am...

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