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Two Brighter Futures customers who met at 90 Hope Street Hostel have got married
Sandra Simonsen and Alison Dunn first met in the summer 2013, while living at 90 Hope Street Hostel. They grew close and soon became an item.
Sandra proposed to Alison in December 2013 with a Haribo sweetie ring, which the pair still have, before they both got official engagement rings for each other in time for Valentine’s Day 2014. The Valentine’s Day proposal took place outside 90 Hope Street!
The pair now have a house through Brighter Futures and thanks to the support from the organisation they are both enjoying living much more stable lives.
Sandra admits she used to shoplift and if it wasn’t for Alison she’d probably be in prison now, “Alison keeps me on the straight and narrow. I never used to care about going to prison, now I won’t steal things because I don’t want to leave Alison on her own.”
Alison says being with Sandra has kept her alive, “I’d still be in and out of hostels and my mental health would not be anywhere near as stable as it is now if Sandra wasn’t in my life. In fact I’m sure I would be dead if it wasn’t for her”.
The happy couple celebrated their big day with family and friends, as well as the support workers who have helped them on their journey.
On Monday 15th August a team of Brighter Futures customers took part in a Mental Health Football Tournament at Northwood Stadium.
They all played brilliantly.
You can read a report about the day on The Sentinel’s website.
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