Abigail & Sally's story

Sally has a severe physical disability and is unable to speak.

Unfortunately Sally’s father wasn’t able to cope with her disabilities and turned to drugs.

For their own safety Abigail, (Sally’s mum) left taking Sally with her.

After taking increasing amounts of time off work to care for Sally, Abigail was forced to resign from her job.

She sold most of her possessions in a desperate bid to meet Sally’s medical costs and living expenses – she even put their dog on Gumtree as she could no longer afford to keep him – but even this couldn’t save them from eviction.

Scared, with no money, no support and no-where to live, Abigail and Sally soon found themselves in a boarding house with odd people wandering around and mould growing in the room. They even had to visit the local pool for clean showers. Sally’s health got worse and Abigail’s stress increased.

Alone, desperate and having lost everything Abigail and Sally walked through Windermere’s doors. Windermere paid Abigail’s debt arrears so she could get bond assistance from the Office of Housing, and secured a private rental for her and Sally.

As a dedicated and loving mother, Sally has always been Abigail’s number one priority, but they do struggle financially and Christmas is a luxury they simply can’t afford.

If you wish to help someone like Abigail and Sally, then consider making a tax deductible donation today.


I understand that every child is individual with different strengths and different ways of learning, By recognising and understanding each child and what it is that they love and how best they learn, I can provide them with the best experiences that help them to reach their full potential in all developmental areas. I love doing it.

Sandra, Windermere Early Childhood Educator - Melbourne

I respect each child's individuality and needs and want to help them feel safe and secure so they can grow and learn in a natural environment. The early years are the foundations of learning for the rest of their lives.

Sally, Windermere Early Childhood Educator - Melbourne

(After the Healthy Women Healthy Relationships course) I am on the lookout now - next time I am in a relationship, I will be able to recognise the signs of domestic violence and I won’t let myself get stuck in that sort of position again.

Program Participant - Melbourne