I really miss my mum.
Certain sights, smells and especially music in everyday life remind me of her. And occasionally, circumstances make me think, ‘mum would love to hear about that,’ only to recall that she died 17 years ago.
Maternal relationships are so important. None more so than for young people in prison, for whom maintaining family contact brings stability while they are physically separated from loved ones.
You see, having strong and supportive home relationships to go back to on release is a vital component in enabling young people to stay away from further crime. This is why Angel Tree Mother’s Day is so important.
The programme supports young adults in prison in their family relationships by enabling them to have a gift sent on their behalf, containing their own message, to their mother or other significant adult, on Mother’s Day.
And so, while I can’t send my own mother a card and a present this Mother’s Day, I can support young people in prison with their maternal relationships. I do so knowing how life-changing such support can be.
Let me tell you about Jade.
She had been in trouble with the police on numerous occasions. Unable to cope with Jade’s behaviour, her mother had distanced herself. And then, a few months later, Jade found herself in prison with no contact from her mum.
Last year, Jade sent her mum a handwritten Angel Tree Mother’s Day card and a gift voucher. Inside the card, she wrote: ‘Dear mum, I am sorry that I have caused you so much worry. I do love you, and I am so sorry for what I’ve done. Please buy yourself something nice.’
And then, something remarkable happened! On Mother’s Day, Jade and her mother spoke on the telephone. This time, her mum’s reaction to Jade was so different! She thanked Jade for the card and voucher.
Angel Tree Mother’s Day had opened the door to a conversation. And since this phone call, their relationship has continued to improve.
That’s the value of Angel Tree Mother’s Day! A simple card and a small gift are so powerful! They have helped to repair and maintain Jade’s relationship with her mother. And in turn, this strengthened relationship can help Jade walk away from crime now she is released from prison.
Thank you for your ongoing provision that is helping people like Jade reconnect with their family and leading them towards a crime-free life.
Yes, I will make a donation.
Your gift will help us continue to support men and women in prison through this crisis, and emerge stronger and ready to reach even more people in Christ’s name. Thank you!