Louise Byrne

Grab your Santa hats and join us on 16th December for our National socially distanced Santa stroll 🎅🐾

Keep an eye on the page as we will be sharing DIY dog puzzles and enrichment, tips to help your furbaby during the holiday season and maybe even a colouring competition for the littln's 

Simply donate €5 or whatever you can and send a picture on the day of you and your furbaby in your Christmas best if restrictions have eased we will help you to organise a fundraiser locally to bring the Furbaby’s Santa stroll to your community

One in Four are close to my heart as every Wednesday night, for several years, I would begin planning my excuse for not going, then somehow Thursday morning, on autopilot, I would step off the train, walk to One in Four make my cup of tea and wait. Years of flashbacks and body memories and having to hold it together so others aren’t uncomfortable, nightmares and whispers, and my safe space where I could let it all go. I never thought I would survive the pain and many times I didn’t want to, but each week I would promise my counsellor as I left that I would see her again. One in Four helped me to find my voice. I felt heard, validated, never judged or questioned, always safe and like I mattered for the first time in my life. Each week I left my rawness behind those doors and picked up the pieces on the way home telling myself that I’m one step closer to being free. I get to live my life, free from pain, shame and guilt that was never mine to own. I get to enjoy and love my life free from what happened to me, looking back I never thought that would have been possible. My counsellor held my secrets so I no longer had to and I’m forever grateful for the support that I received from One in Four throughout the legal process.

Survivors need support now more than ever. Feeling like you’re the only person experiencing this is isolating in itself, but being physically isolated due to lockdown, with too much time to think and no where to run to get away from intrusive, relentless memories; One in Four need our support so that survivors can be heard and free from the pain that consumes every second of every day.
I am a survivor and I want to give back so other survivors no longer feel like victims.

Please donate what you can, looking forward to see you and your Furbaby’s 🎅

Louise Byrne