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Miranda Rae on the challenges of being a single parent

Miranda Rae meets Josephine Pepper to explore the challenges of being a single mum trying to raise three young children on her own, following the death of her husband from cancer.

Miranda Rae is a single mum with a young son who is 9 years old. Life is far from easy for any single parent, but in this programme Miranda meets mother-of-three, Josephine Pepper, who found herself on her own with 3 children under the age of three, when her husband died of cancer. Despite her grief at the death of her husband, Josephine's story is one of remarkable courage, resilience and joy in her children and in life itself. Producer Sarah Blunt.

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Support Organisations

Gingerbread provide information and advice for single parents including dealing with a break-up, back to work, sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues.
Phone: 0808 802 0925

Care for the Family provides parenting and relationship support to those who face family difficulties and those widowed young.
Phone: 029 2081 0800

FamilyLine offers free confidential support on a wide range of issues, including single parenting.
Phone:  0808 800 5678 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Family Lives provides help and support in all aspects of family life, including single parenting, special educational needs, and support for specific communities.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Weekends 10am-3pm)

Netmums offer information to mothers on everything from finding playgroups to healthy eating, child behaviour and connect with other mums for chat and support.

WAY Widowed & Young supports young widowed men and women as they adjust to life after the death of their partner. A membership fee applies. 


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