"From me, I thank you for providing this unbelievable service, for loving and caring for my children when I could not, for giving me sleep, respite from worry, for picking up the reins when my mind was so numb I didn't know who or where to turn."
"To all the people who have assisted in helping my children Rowan and Cathy*, this letter is for you.
Where do I start? As a parent it's a very hard thing to recognise that your child is an addict, but to accept that both of your children are has been my absolute worst nightmare.
I was absolutely desperate the first time I made the call to Triple Care Farm with Rowan. To see him a lost, desperate, crumpled crying heap on my doorstep was one of the worst moments of my life. He was so angry, everything I said was wrong, and elicited more anger, more blame, and more sorrow. But more than that, he had hit rock bottom.
The second time I made that call to Triple Care Farm with Cathy, I felt that I must be the very worst mother in the whole world, to have driven both of my children to alcohol, drugs and desperation. I was angry with them, and sorry for myself.
You guys have been my saviours both times.
I don't think I had slept in three months until the first night Cathy was in your care. For the first time in such a long time I felt, that no matter what, she was safe.
What you have given Cathy, Rowan and I again is hope. It's very easy to give up. It's a lot harder to fight on – and when you feel such despair that things will never be right again, to keep trying is the hardest thing.
Cathy has been truly uplifted by the people she has met. She has listened to their stories, and has been inspired by their strength. She still has a long way to go, we all do, but this has given us all an insight into our lives, our reactions, our relationships.
The unconditional help and support she has gotten from everyone there has made her realise she's not alone, and that under the seemingly insurmountable issues of debt, homelessness, illness, depression, neglect, addition and anger, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and hope that she will be able to overcome and live a happy life.
For that gift for Cathy, I thank you.
From me, I thank you for providing this unbelievable service, for loving and caring for my children when I could not, for giving me sleep, respite from worry, for picking up the reins when my mind was so numb I didn't know who or where to turn.
I will always appreciate the efforts of those who work, those who volunteer and especially those who founded this truly special place called Triple Care Farm."
*Names have been changed to protect privacy