I thought it was a mistake but it was the best decision ever

“My life as a young child was hard, due to having only a mother, but no father.  Things got worse as I got older.  When I was 6 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A year later, she died and left me and my two siblings without a mother or a father,  My sister was going to look after me, but she was too young to take full responsibility for me, because she was only 15 at the time.  So my auntie and uncle took care of me and my brother for a couple of years until my sister was old enough.

“Things started to get a bit better as I grew up, due to the love and support from friends and family.  Then, when I was in year 6 at Primary School, I was told that my Headmistress had received a letter from Reed’s School, offering a boarding place and support for anyone in my situation who might need extra help with coping.  So she put me down and I took some tests to see if I was clever enough for the School, and when I received a letter from Reed’s School to say that I had passed, it was great for me and my family.  However, it was harder for me to work than most people because my mind was always on other things, like my family. 

“When I arrived at Reed’s I was a bit unsure what to expect.   I kept on thinking that I had made a bad mistake, but I soon realised that I had made on the of the best decisions of my life.  I found this out due the fact that the teachers were nice, and that it has great academic and sports facilities.  Reed’s is also providing me with a really good education, and they look after me.  I hope to go to University when I am older. 

“At the moment I am doing well in my lessons and hope to get great GCSEs when they come around, which means a lot of learning!  I am supported financially by the Reed’s School Foundation and three other charities, and it is only through their help that I have been given such a wonderful opportunity in life.”