Our Story

IT ALL STARTED WITH A CALL FROM NIGEL CHEETHAM.

After seven years of hard work, starting several businesses, single mother and "A Leg Up Foundation" co-founder, Jennifer Wisniewski, found herself unable to meet the financial needs of her family. The anxiety and worry of that current state interrupted her attempt to make the situation better. At the precipice of a breakdown, her brother-in-law stepped in and offered to pay her rent for the month—without judgement.

That simple act of kindness re-focused Jennifer to start fighting again, so she could be effective for her businesses and provide for her daughter. As she hung up with Nigel that evening, a thought came to her—almost instinctually: "there must be thousands of women, just like me." 

"A Leg Up Foundation" was born.

We want to be your British brother-in-law on the other end of the phone: “Hello, darling. I sent you money. Please stop worrying and crying—and go have a drink, on me.”