2023 CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Could you help us give a child like Dan a healthier, happier drug-free childhood? 

The father of 14-year-old Dan (pseudonym) shared his concerns with us recently about his son, who has been vaping for the past two years. He started doing it to relieve his anxiety. Some of his friends were vaping, and they encouraged him to join them, so he bought a vape in school from a friend for £10. He’s been trying to come off it but is finding it very hard to quit because he is now addicted to nicotine. His anxiety has got worse, and he is struggling with his schooling.

“My friend told me that when he feels anxious, he vapes, so I went and bought one, because I was also struggling with anxiety,”
said Dan

Imagine being a 14-year-old like Dan in today’s world where, as a young person, you are constantly navigating countless challenges. From the ever-present influences of social media, increasing mental health issues (including depression and anxiety), to exposure to different types of easily available substances. Using a drug can seem like a good choice.

Sadly, Dan’s story is one that is becoming very familiar to us at Hope UK. It is one of many heart-breaking stories we have come across this year in the communities we work in. We’re hearing more and more stories about children as young as nine taking up vaping and becoming addicted to the nicotine contained in most vapes. Most of them cite anxiety as one of their main reasons for vaping.

Our aim is to prevent young people like Dan from getting involved in drug use, and we would love you to join us, so together we can help young people to have a healthier, happier childhood.

In 2024, we plan to deliver an additional 500 drug education workshops to help many more young people. This Christmas, please give, and help us achieve our goal of raising £20,000 to equip young people like Dan to make drug-free choices. Together, we can make a real impact on the lives of young people. This is how your giving will help:

£9 will help us reach a young person with drug education.

£15 provides drug samples (not real drugs) for drug awareness sessions.

£60 supports an hour of drug education workshops in schools.

Thank you so much for your kind support.